HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Section: 003 The Literature of World War I and its Influence on Society
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
HISTORY 202.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

World War I, which too many Europeans remains the Great War, has inspired an extraordinary body of literature. A Farewell to Arms and All Quiet on the Western Front are still read today, and Wilfred Owen has gradually emerged as the war’s most poignant poetic voice. While much of the literature was composed within fifteen years of the war’s end, poets, novelists, and dramatists are still inspired by it. Even crime novelists have turned to the war for their heroes and settings. In 2013 Pierre Lemaitre won the Prix Goncourt, the most prestigious French literary award, for his World War I novel, The Great Swindle.

Why is this so? What have been the consequences of it being so? These two questions lead to others. Has this literature, over time, shaped public attitudes toward the war? Has it shaped how historians have written about the war? And what about the influence of this literature on public life? Did the literature of the war, for example, contribute to the tidal wave of anti-war sentiment that swept over much of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, a sentiment that led to the appeasement politics of national leaders? Finally, what role has this literature played in the evolving notions of victimhood that have become central to the sense of identity of many populations today?

World War I was the first of the major catastrophes of the Twentieth Century. Few people today have personal memories of the war, yet the war lingers in public memory, and in no small part because of the literature it inspired. This course will be very much concerned with that impact as well as with the literature itself.

Intended Audience:

LSA Juniors and Seniors

HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
23469
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
27841
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
30932
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
32428
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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