Women and the Vietnam War Bibliography


Query From Stacy A. Cordery stacy@monm.edu 18 Nov 1998

Dear Colleagues,
I am teaching a course in the spring entitled "The Vietnam Era." I've never taught it before, and it is far, far outside my areas of specialization. To that end, I'm wondering if you can help me locate some good, readable books that would convey either the perspective of U.S. women in the war or on the homefront, or Vietnamese women who were touched in some way by the conflict. Novels would be fine; I just need some compelling reading.

I've searched the H-Net logs, and I know about Walker's _A Piece of My Heart_, Norman's _Women at War_, and Phan Than Hao's _Even The Women Must Fight_; but I haven't read any of them. I'm desperate and clueless (an unfortunate combination!). Thanks for any help you can give me.

Responses:

Adler, Margot _Heretic's Heart_(1997)

Allen, E. Ann. "The WAC Mission: The Testing Time from Korea to Vietnam." Phd Dissertation. University of South Carolina, 1986.

Breuer, William B. _War And American Women: Heroism, Deeds, And Controversy_. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997.

Bryan, C.D.B. _Friendly Fire_

Cao, Ian _Monkey Bridge_(1997)

Chanoff, David and Doan van Toai, Eds. _Vietnam: A Portrait of Its People At War_

***Duiker, William J. "Vietnam: War of Insurgency." _Female Soldiers - Combatants or Noncombatants?: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives_. Ed. Goldman, Nancy Loring. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982. 107-122.

***Dunn, Joe P. "Women and the Vietnam War: A Bibliographic Review." _Journal of American Culture_ 12. (1989): 79-86.

Elwood-Akers, Virginia. _Women War Correspondents of the Vietnam War, 1961-1975_.

Emerson, Gloria _Winners and Losers_ (1972)

Freeman, J. M. _Hearts of Sorrow: The Story of Vietnamese American Lives_

Hao, Phan Than _Even The Women Must Fight_

Hayslip, Le Ly and Charles J. Wurtz _When Heaven and Earth Changed Places:A Vietnamese Woman's Journey From War to Peace_(Doubleday,c1989)

Larsen, Wendy Wilder and Tran Thi Nga _Shallow Graves: Two Women and Vietnam_

MacPherson, Myra _Long Time Passing_(1984)

Mason, Bobbie Ann _In Country_(1985)

McCoy, Alfred W. _The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia_

***Norman, Elizabeth. _Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam_. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

Novak, _The Lonely Girl With Burning Eyes: A Wife Recalls Her Husband's Journey Home From Vietnam_(Boston, Little, Brown & Co., 1991)

Phillips, Jayne Ann _Machine Dreams_(1984)

Robertssen, Lowell. _Remembering the Women of the Vietnam War_. Tessera, 1990.

Saywell, Shelley. _Women in War_. Markham, Ont: Viking, 1985.

Swerdlow, Amy _Women Strike For Peace_(1993)

***Taylor, Sandra C. _Vietnamese Women at War: Fighting for Ho Chi Minh and the Revolution_. University Press of Kansas, 1998.

Tétreault, Mary Ann. _Women and revolution in Africa, Asia, and the New World_. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1994.

Tétreault, Mary Ann. "Women and Revolution in Vietnam." _Vietnam's Women in Transition_. Ed. Barry, Kathleen. New Delhi: Manohar Publications, 1990. 38-53.

***Turner, Karen G. and Thanh Hao Phan. _Even the Women Must Fight: memories of war from North Vietnam_. New York: Wiley, 1998.

Walsh, Patricia _Forever Sad The Hearts_(Avon Paperback)

Willenz, June A. _Women Veterans: America's Forgotten Heroines_. New York: Continuum, 1983.

Other Suggestions:

...the New York Times Magazine did a very extensive story on American female nurses in Vietnam about two years ago. I'm sure you could find it with a Times index, or someone on the list may have the specific cite.

Van Devanter, Lynda _Home Before Morning_ ("a powerful classic")

[Subscriber comment: If you are going to read _Home Before Morning_ you should read more critical discussion of women's memoirs as well. See Cheryl Shell, "Making Sense of Vietnam and Telling the Real Story: Military Women in the Combat Zone" in _Vietnam Generation_,1,3-4(1989).]

Memoirs by Sybil Stockdale and Barbara Mullen Keenan

Possible websites: Start with Encyclopedia Britannica site at http://www.eblast.com/, then put "women vietnam" in the search box

Contact Ann Kelsey, Associate Director, Learning Resource Center, County College of Morris, 913-328-5311 e-mail at kelsey@email.njin.net. Has existing additional bibliographies on women and the Vietnam war

For the Vietnamese perspective, you could also try:

Lady Borton (1996) 'After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese' Kodansha International, New York

Nguyen Thi Thu-Lam (1989), 'Fallen Leaves: Memoirs of a Vietnamese Woman from 1940-1975', Council on Southeast Asia Studies, Yale Center for International and Area Studies

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai (1994), 'The Rubber Tree: Memoir of a Vietnamese woman who was an Anti-French Guerrilla, a Publisher and a Peace Activist', McFarland and Company.

Chapter on Vietnam in Olivia Bennett, Jo Bexley, Kitty Warnock (eds.) (1995), 'Arms to Fight, Arms to Protect: Women speak out about Conflict', London, Panos.

Arlene Eisen wrote a book which I think was called 'Women in Vietnam', and was published in the 1970s, but I'm afraid I can't remember any more details. There is also a book by Rena Briand entitled 'Women in War', which I haven't read yet, and was published either late 1960s or 1970s.

See also www.vietnam-reference.com for info on women in the Vietnam War.