War Fiction 1870-1930: Imagined Wars and the Experience of War

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    War Fiction 1870-1930: Imagined Wars and the Experience of War

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    The period from approximately 1870 to 1914 was notable for the production of a large body of sensational popular texts imagining imminent war on an unprecedented, global scale. Now in the centenary period of World War I, this one-semester module will examine the accounts of imagined war and compare them with writing arising out of the actual experience of the Great War and the many imperial conflicts that preceded it. Students will be introduced to a range of key fin-de-siècle future war tales, such as George T. Chesney?s The Battle of Dorking (1871), William Le Queux?s The Invasion of 1910 (1906) and H. G. Wells?s The War in the Air (1908), and will explore in some detail their relationship to their historical context of imperial conflict. The module will then proceed to examine some of the classic texts of World War I, such as Erich Maria Remarque?s All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) and Siegfried Sassoon?s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930). Particular attention will be paid to comparative readings that allow the often surprising anticipations of the experience imminent in 1914 to be elucidated.

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