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ALL378 - Literature and War

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

ALL378 is offered in Trimester 3 - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) - in alternate years 2013, 2015.

Final year of offer 2015.

Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Mc Culloch

Successful completion of at least one second year literature unit



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit will address the question: How do literary and filmic representations of wars, across time, interpret and challenge the fact of war. The First World War and the Second World War will be looked at as background for a more focussed study of The Cold War; The Vietnam War and War in the Age of Terrorism. Texts will be literary (example - A selection of Poetry, war songs and Novels) and Filmic ( eg: Hiroshima Mon Amour). The focus of the unit will be on the ways in which these texts represent experiences of war otherwise not represented by History or media coverage, and the difficulties involved for the artist in representing trauma. Themes addressed: Honour; sacrifice; War & Politics; love relationships in War; memory and war, and other philosophical and psychological concerns related to living with courage and despair in the face of immediate threat and death.


1) Journal: Four exercises (total 1500 words) - Questions 1, 2, 3, = 300 words, Question 4= 600)

2) Research Essay 2500 words, including annotated bibliography 50%

3) 3/10 minute class presentation (extract analysis= 10%)

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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