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Literary Bibliography


DePalmer, Brian (dir). Redacted. 2007.
“A montage of stories about U.S. soldiers fighting in the Iraq conflict, focusing on the modern forms of media covering the war.” See:

Garbus, Liz, and Wilbert Rideau. The Farm: The Angola, U.S.A. 1998. ( Documentary depicting day to day life in Angola Prison, mostly from an inmate's perspective.

Gordon, Howard and Alex Gansa. Homeland. Showtime series, 2011 to present.
“Volatile CIA agent Carrie Mathison investigates and ultimately becomes obsessed with returned POW marine Nicholas Brody, who may or may not be an al-Qaeda-trained terrorist.” See:

Hood, Gavin (dir). Rendition. 2007.
“A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US” (See: Includes the depiction of interrogation/torture in the name of preventing terrorism with minimal evidence to suggest the suspect has any ties to terrorists at all.

Lee, Spike. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. 2006.
This documentary in four parts follows the lives of various residents of New Orleans after Katrina (filming started just months after the disaster) and includes many interviews. Although the complete documentary is long (4hrs 15min total), each part could be shown at various points of the semester, or snippets of the documentary/specific interviews.

Simon, David, and Eric Overmyer. Treme. HBO series, 2010 to present.
“‘Treme’ is set in post-Katrina New Orleans. It chronicles the struggles of a diverse group of residents as they rebuild their lives and their city. ‘Treme,’ pronounced Truh-may, takes its title from the name of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, an historically important source of African-American music and culture.” See:

Zeitlin, Benh (dir). Beasts of the Southern Wild. 2012. ( Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.


Brittain, Victoria, and Gillian Slovo. Guantanamo: “Honorbound to Defend Freedom. London: Oberon Books, 2004.
A play based on interviews with the families of men held at Guantanamo.

Burke, Gregory. Black Watch. London: Faber and Faber, 2007.
Based on interviews with soldiers in the regiment of the British Army called Black Watch, this play focuses on the controversial deployment of soldiers in the so-called “triangle of death” in Iraq. The play has won a number of awards, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s production toured to New York (St Ann’s Warehouse) to great critical acclaim.
Churchill, Caryl. Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? London: Nick Hern, 2006.
Short British play examining a relationship between Sam (“Uncle Sam”) and Jack (“Union Jack”).

Durang, Christopher. Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2011.
A comedy dealing with the absurdities of violence, terrorism, and torture.

Hare, David. Stuff Happens. London: Faber and Faber, 2004.
A history play recreating events in the run up to the invasion of Iraq based on various documents, speeches, and events.

Joseph, Rajiv. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. In Gruesome Playground Injuries;
Animals out of Paper; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo: Three Plays
. Berkeley: Soft Skull  Press, 2010.
A tiger in a zoo in Baghdad ponders the absurdity of war as his two guards discuss their experience at warfare.

Khemiri, Jonas Hassen. Invasion! In Theatre Café: Plays One. London: Oberon, 2008.
“Invasion! is a tornado of words, images and ideas, all centered around a magical name: Abulkasem. The play assaults our deepest prejudices about identity, race and language. At once hilarious, disturbing and poignant, this deeply subversive play deconstructs a threatening identity – the Arabic male – and forces us to confront our own cultural identity.” See: Also available as a book.

Shinn, Christopher. Dying City. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2008.
“In Christopher Shinn’s new play Dying City, a young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig’s death was not accidental. Set in a spare downtown-Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly’s complicated farewell with her husband Craig. Shinn’s creepy, sophisticated drama—infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq—explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.” (Amazon Summary)



Baum, Dan. Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans. New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2009.
Biographies of nine people living in New Orleans over 40 years (from Betsy to Katrina).

Horne, Jed. Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City. New York: Random House, 2006.
About the storm and aftermath by Metro Editor or New Orleans Times-Picayune. Some focus on the government response

Flaherty, Jordan. Floodlines: Community and Resistance From Katrina to the Jena Six. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2010.
“A firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans in the years before and after Katrina. The book weaves the interconnected stories of Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino immigrants, public housing residents, gay rappers, spoken word poets, victims of police brutality, out of town volunteers, and grassroots activists.”  See the supporting website at:

Rose, Chris. 1 Dead in the Attic: After Katrina. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.
Collection of articles written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist , Chris Rose for the Times-Picayune written in the months after Katrina.

Sublette, Ned. The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans. Chicago, Illinois: Lawrence Hill Books, 2009. (

Web series: Chat the Planet. Hometown Baghdad. 2007-2008. 
“An online web series about life in Baghdad. It tells the stories of three young Iraqis struggling to survive during the war.”