COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Section: 001 War and Homecoming
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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In this course we will bring a comparative approach to human cultures’ perennial concern with homecoming from warfare, as reflected in literature, film, and other cultural expression. We’ll ask how heroism in war translates into the triumphs and travails of reintegration into society, how the psychological toll of battle affects the soldier’s ability to return to civilian life, and how the very symbols of homecoming—friends, family, and other loved ones—may become the source of seemingly irresolvable tensions. Readings will include selections from Homer’s Odyssey, the psychologist’s Jonathan Shay’s Odysseus in America, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Ha Jin’s War Trash, and the remarkable recent collection of writings by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, Operation Homecoming. We’ll also consider cinematic versions of some of these texts.

COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 9780140268867
The Odyssey, Author: Homer (tr. R. Fagles), Publisher: Penguin Classics 1999
ISBN: 074321157X
Odysseus in America combat trauma and the trials of homecoming, Author: Jonathan Shay, Publisher: Scribner 2002
ISBN: 0140424512
The complete poems, Author: Walt Whitman ; edited with an introduction and notes by Francis Murphy., Publisher: Penguin Books 2004
ISBN: 0156030357
Mrs. Dalloway, Author: Virginia Woolf., Publisher: Harcourt 1st ed. 2005
ISBN: 0307387151
Atonement : a novel, Author: Ian McEwan., Publisher: Anchor Books 2007
ISBN: 1400075793
War trash : a novel, Author: Ha Jin., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2005
ISBN: 0226094995
Operation homecoming : Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the words of U.S. troops and their families, Author: preface by Dana Gioia ; edited by Andrew Carroll., Publisher: University of Chicago Press Updated ed 2008
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