English 90wr. War and its Representations

Instructor: Kelly Rich
Terms: Fall Term

Thursdays, 2-4 pm | Location: Barker 316

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students.

This course will explore a range of approaches to representing war. Among the questions we will ask are: When does war begin, and when does it end? At what distance do we sense war, and at what scale does it become legible? What are the stakes of writing, filming, or recording war, or for that matter, studying its representations? We will address these issues through units on violence, trauma, apocalypse, mourning, repair, visuality, and speed. Texts will most likely include Homer’s Iliad, novels by Virginia Woolf and Pat Barker, Supreme Court cases, films by Alain Resnais and Akira Kurosawa, and theory by Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, Sun Tzu, and Paul Virilio.

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