Summer Courses 2012





War and its Representations in Europe, Russia, and the U.S.

Term: 
Summer 2013
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
COML 150 920
Schedule: 
Tuesday 5:30pm-8:40pm
Schedule: 
Thursday 5:30pm-8:40pm
Day(s): 
Tuesday
Day(s): 
Thursday
Instructor: 

CHAHINE, NESRINE

Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Secondary Program: 
The Pre-College Program
Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Description: 

Representations of war are created for as many reasons as wars are fought: to legitimate armed conflict, to critique brutality, to vilify an enemy, to mobilize popular support, to generate national pride, etc. In this course we will examine a series of representations of war drawn from the literature, film, state propaganda, memoirs, visual art, etc. of Russia, Europe, and the United States. We will pursue an investigation of these images of conflict and bloodshed in the larger context of the history of military technology, social life, and communications media over the last two centuries. Students will be expected to write two papers, take part in a group presentation on an assigned topic, and take a final exam. The goal of the course will be to gain knowledge of literary history in social and historical context, and to acquire critical skills for analysis of rhetoric and visual representations.


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