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C LIT 371 A: Literature And The Visual Arts

War in Literature and Film

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:40am - 11:50am
SAV 140
José Alaniz

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If, as the author Christopher Hedges has claimed, “War is a force that gives us meaning,” how have artists communicated and shaped that meaning? And what meanings have been communicated? This course examines war as a subject of ideology, protest and representation. We will investigate how authors have defined and depicted war in Western civilization, from Homer‟s epic poetry to Shakespeare‟s nationalist rallying cries to Hollywood‟s widescreen blockbusters. At every point we will acknowledge both war‟s allures and its costs, with emphasis on the role played by masculinity in the long history of representing human conflict. Authors include Homer, William Shakespeare, Stephen Crane, Isaak Babel and Jacques Tardi. All course readings and viewings in English.

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on specific theoretical problems. Examines the relationship between text and image in a variety of art forms including poetry, novels, paintings, photography, essays, comic strips, film, and advertisement. Readings, in English, from a wide variety of national literatures.
Department Requirements Met: 
Elective for both Literature and Cinema
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:19am