Writing the First World War
Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This course will introduce you to the literature and culture of the First World War. Starting with a trip to the
Imperial War Museum to explore its rich archives - from letters, diaries and journals to paintings to war
uniforms and aircrafts - we shall then closely examine a wide range of writings by both men and women, soldiers
and civilians: poetry (Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg, Eliot), novels and memoirs (Blunden, Brittain, Woolf) and
short stories (Kipling and Lawrence). 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 shall also engage with theorists from the period - particularly Freud and W.H.R Rivers - and
see how different kinds of writing respond to a common historical moment.
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
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