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Fall 2018-2019
* ENG 403 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Forms of Literature - Literature and War

Meredith A. Martin

How do the technologies of war and the technologies of representation mediate our moral experience of modern warfare? From machine guns to UAVs, marching songs to "Homeland," this class examines representations of the war experience, primarily of the First World War and the "War on Terror." We'll discuss the ethics of media formats (memoirs, fiction, poetry, film, journalism, government documents, images, social media, documentaries, and video games) and the psychological filters through which we read them (from "shell-shock" to "moral injury"). What lets us look at war as art? What lets us look away?

Sample reading list:
Homer, The Iliad
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Wilfred Owen, Poems
Pat Barker, Regeneration
Joshua Casteel, Letters from Abu Graib (memoir)
Errol Morris, Standard Operating Procedure (film)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
20-100pp of reading per week and/or 90-120 minutes of viewing. In-class quizzes and in-class writing. Other Grading, 15%: Film Review(s)

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Quizzes - 5%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Distribution Requirement: Modernity/Theory/Criticism

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20587 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Scheide Caldwell House   203   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed