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Lance Bertelsen

Professor Ph.D., 1979, University of Washington

Iris Howard Regents Professor in English Literature
Lance Bertelsen

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Biography

Lance Bertelsen's research centers on eighteenth-century popular and material culture and its relation to literature. He is the author of The Nonsense Club (Oxford, 1986) and Henry Fielding at Work (Palgrave, 2000). His current research concerns Captain James Cook's subordinates on the third voyage and their role in preserving and constructing its legacy. Bertelsen also has research interests in World War II; his essay, "San Pietro and the 'Art' and War" (Southwest Review, 1989) won the 1990 Texas Institute of Letters O.Henry Award. He currently holds the Iris Howard Regents Professorship in English Literature and has served six times as director of the Oxford English Summer Program and four times as faculty on the Normandy Scholar Program. 

UGS 302 • Representing War-W

64745 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 310
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L.Bertelsen                   Office: Parlin 314
UGS  302; 64745          Office Hours: TWTh 2-3
Parlin 310                     lberte@uts.cc.utexas.edu
TTH 12:30-2:00

RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. SEMINAR CLASS FOCUSING ON A CONTEMPORARY ISSUE. DESIGNED TO INTRODUCE UNDERGRADUATES TO SCHOLARLY ANALYSIS FROM AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE. INCLUDES AN INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSITY RESOURCES, SUCH AS RESEARCH FACILITIES, MUSEUMS, AND ATTENDANCE AT UNIVERSITY LECTURES OR PERFORMANCES AS ASSIGNED. MULTIPLE SECTIONS MAY BE OFFERED IN THE FALL AND SPRING WITH VARIOUS TOPICS AND INSTRUCTORS. ONLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MAY BE COUNTED: TUTORIAL COURSE 301, 302, UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES 302, 303. CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING.

SYLLABUS

Representing War: From Agincourt to the Pacific Theater

In this course, we will read various historical and literary works and view various visual media from the last 500 years in an attempt to understand better what happens when human beings try to represent warfare to an audience—or perhaps only to themselves.

Requirements and Assignments 

Memos: You will write 5 memos, and I will count the best 4.  Four of the memos (2 pp. typed) will be assigned as a means of addressing significant critical issues in advance of class discussion.  One memo (which will be required of all students) will take the form of revisions to the first paper (see below). Memos will be handed in at the end of the given class period.  Memos are graded on a 20 point scale. Late memos lose 5 points per day late.

Essays: You will write two essays (5 pp.), one at the midpoint and one at the end of the term.  These essays should be typewritten, double-spaced.  I will hand out representative topics when the time comes, but you are free to choose your own topic (clear it with me to be safe).  If you have a legitimate need for an extension, notify me beforehand.   Excuses after the fact usually won’t be accepted.  Papers will be graded on a 100 point scale. Late papers are accepted but will be penalized 10 points per day late. This is a substantial writing component class and requires a graded revision exercise.   This exercise will be a revision of your first paper along the lines suggested in my commentary.  The revision will count as a memo.

Oral Report:  You will each give a short oral report (2 pp. typed; 10 minutes for delivery and questions) on topics germane to our readings and viewings.

Grading Policy

Because participation contributes to the class grade, attendance is strongly encouraged. Plus/minus grades will be given, and determined on the following basis:  Four memos (10% each), 40%; Two essays (25% each), 50%; Oral report, 10%.  I will add bonus participation points for the students who contribute the most to the class.

 

Required Texts and Viewings

John Keegan, The Face of Battle

William Shakespeare, Henry V

Henry V (film; d. Kenneth Branagh)

Patrick O’Brian, H.M.S. Surprise

Master and Commander (film; d. Peter Weir)

E. M. Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Ernst Friedrich, War Against War (PCL reserves)

Selected poems from WWI (packet)

Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Ernie Pyle, “The Death of Captain Waskow” (packet)

The Battle of San Pietro (film; d. John Huston)

Lance Bertelsen, “San Pietro and the ‘Art’ of War”; “Icons on Iwo” (packet)

James Jones, The Thin Red Line

Joe Rosenthal, “Flag Raising, Iwo Jima” (packet)

The Best Years of Our Lives (film; d. William Wyler)

The Americanization of Emily (film; d. Arthur Hiller)

 

N.B.: Packets will be available at Jenn’s. Students will have access to the course’s Blackboard site through UT Direct.

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.

For more information, please download the full course syllabus.

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