Come to “War Stories: Reading and Writing the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars”

When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 4:30 p.m.Where: PAC 001

Although the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars constitute two of the longest wars in American history, American literature from these wars is only now beginning to flourish. Novels such as Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds and Phil Klay’s Redeployment are slowly beginning to enter literary consciousness, but war literature from this dark period is still an underwritten and understudied genre. Next Tuesday, Wesleyan will host a panel which will hopefully mitigate that situation. Called “War Stories: Reading and Writing the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars,” the panel will feature three writers and commentators who have all written on some facet of the war experience. Lt. Col. Peter Molin is a professor of English at West Point who comments on the war experience on his blog, Acolytes of War. Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya is a novelist whose latest book, The Watch, Publisher’s Weekly compared to the works of Joseph Heller and Tim O’Brien. Finally, Roy Scranton is co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, which E.L. Doctorow praised as “searing stories from the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the USA by warrior writers. Fire and Forget is about not forgetting. It is a necessary collection, necessary to write, necessary to read.” Please join us on Tuesday for what should be a stimulating and informative discussion.

This event is sponsored by the History Department with the support of the Dean of Division II and the co-sponsorship of the Departments of English, Government, and American Studies, the College of Social Studies, and the Writing Programs.

Sammy Rosh has been a writing tutor for two semesters. He currently tutors in Olin on Sunday nights.

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