T C 357 • Literature of the Great War - W
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Arguably, no more lasting and influential war literature has emerged than that of the Great War, now know as World War I. A distant war from us, nevertheless it was a signature event of the 20th century which still echoes. We shall read from autobiography, poetry, fiction and memoirs, primarily about the Western Front, by German, British and American authors, as well as a short history of the war and a central book of literary analysis. By trying to reenter this period through the imagination and recollections of those who fought and the extraordinary literature they produced, we will gain understanding about the nature of war, the experience of combatants, and the powerful legacy of the war, itself and its unique literature.
About the Professor: Steven Isenberg, an adjunct professor of humanities here since last fall, has been a newspaper publisher, chief of staff to th mayor of new york, a litigator and interim president of a university. Over the last few years, he has taught at Yale, Berkeley, Davidson, Polytechnic (Brooklyn), and the New School. He is on the advisory council of the Harry ransom Center, He did his BA at the University of California at Berkeley and his BA, MA at Worcester College, Oxford, all in English literature and his J.D. at Yale Law School. He lives in New York City, but now owns cowboy boots
Three 6-8 page papers and a take home final. Each counts for 25% of the grade.
The First World War, AJP Taylor; Passionate Prodigality, Guy Chapman; In Parenthesis, David Jones; Three Soldiers, John Dos Passos; All Quiet On the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque; Goodbye o All That, Robert Graves; Memoirs of An Infantry Officer (or Memoirs of George Sherston), Siegfried Sassoon; The Middle Parts of Fortune, Frederick Manning; Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway The Oxford Book of War Poetry, Jon Stallworthy (ed.)