First World War Literature
King's College London
Area of Study
English, History, Literature
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
The module introduces students to a variety of First World War writing across genres and written by both combatants and non-combatants, men and women. A historicised awareness, it is hoped, will help us appreciate the formal qualities of these writings as well as explore issues such as gender, sexuality, memory, shell shock and the body in pain. We will also engage with theorists from the period and beyond ? from Freud to Sartre and Kristeva ? and examine some of the aesthetic and psychological challenges involved in representing war experience. The primary emphasis will be on British authors, but attention will also be paid to the European context. While the emphasis will be on close-readings of primary texts, students are encouraged to engage with more recent literary and cultural-historical scholarship, and to consider what it means to be studying the literature of this period in the centenary year of the start of the war.
Study abroad entry requirement: None
Credit level: 5
Credit value: 15
Teaching pattern: 1 hour seminar & 1 hour lecture weekly
1 x 3500 word essay
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