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ALL378 - Literature and War

Unit details


2016 unit information

Offering information:

Offered in alternate years 2017, 2019.

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: 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 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%)

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