Special Topics: the Literature of War - Europe and WWI

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topics: the Literature of War - Europe and WWI

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENG 202

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    From the Iliad to Beowulf to Saving Private Ryan, war is a constant of human experience and as such a major topic in all forms of cultural and artistic expression. This course will examine the various literary responses to war and the ways in which artists and writers have negotiated power, violence, and resistance within the context of military conflict.

    Although there has been a recent resurgence in interest in World War II, it may be argued that the First World War has had more far-reaching historical significance. This conflict, the first general European land war in a century, was of an unprecedented scale. In this course, we will examine the literary response to what was called at the time "The Great War" and investigate its impact the rest of the twentieth century. We will look at historical accounts, novels and poetry, psychiatric literature, war memoirs, documentary footage, war and anti-war films. Our aim in this course is to immerse ourselves in what Fitzgerald called the "terrible twilight of an old world, and the noisy dawn of our times."

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