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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2005

E s379M • Guns and Roses: British Literature of the Great War (Oxford)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84050 MTWTh
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Course Description

In England the Great War (1914-1918) is far more important in British consciousness than World War II. On one day alone, July 1, 1916, England suffered 60,000 casualties in attacks along the Somme, and the psychological damage- to British confidence, to the idea of Empire- was incalculable. Certainly the impact on novelists and poets was profound as well. To this end we will study some of the major texts arising from the war and its aftermath. We will read the poetry of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and other war poets, several of whom perished on the Western Front. We will also read Siegfried Sassoon's Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, one of the major responses by a combatant. Other literary reactions to the war that we will study include T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land"; and, in the modern era, Pat Barker's modern rewrite of the war, Regeneration, and Sebastian Faulk's wildly popular novel of trench warfare, Birdsong. Among other sites, we will visit the British Imperial War Museum in London. We will also make a cross-channel visit to France to tour the WWI museum in Peronne, Historial de la Grande Guerre, and the battle-site at nearby Beaumont Hamel.

Grading Policy

Two essays 60%
Site reports 10%
One exam 30%


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