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This unit will address the question: How do literary and filmic representations of wars, across time, interpret and challenge the fact of war. The Wars covered will be: The First world War; The Second World War, 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 (example Dr. Strange love) and reference will be made to visual art ( eg. Art and poetry produced by war veterans). Themes addressed: Honour; sacrifice; War & Politics, the role of Spies; memorials; love relationships in War; Technology & War, conscription; desertion; soldiers returning home; memory and war and other philosophical concerns related to living with courage and despair in the face of immediate threat and death It will call on theorists, historians, artists and philosophers who deal with the role of oral history, memory and public needs in the construction of stories about war.
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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