Writing the First World War

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writing the First World War

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    English, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    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
    Level: 5

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.