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Postgraduate Course: Literature and the Great War (Level 11) (ENLI11190)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Great War has settled into a familiar form in later imagination, based substantially on views of ¿the horror of the trenches¿ drawn from poetry, Wilfred Owen¿s particularly. This course aims to revisit these views, not necessarily challenging them but looking more closely at the evidence concerned. This will involve exploring an extended range of war poetry, along with an unusually wide range of war narratives (dramatic in one instance) ¿ often less read or less valued in assessments of the period. A question at every stage will be about how imagination shapes and encounters the most violent and intolerable of experiences, and how ¿ or if ¿ these can be effectively contained and communicated in literature, or even in language at all.

*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Students on completing the course should have acquired a broad knowledge of literary responses to the First World War, and learned how to compare and contrast these in terms of genre; gender; immediacy and later reflection; combatant and non-combatant responses; realist and modernist styles.
2. They should also have learned to ask and answer questions about how, and how successfully, prose and poetry can be used to assimilate experiences potentially intolerable for immediate witnesses or incomprehensible for those with whom they seek to communicate.
Reading List
H.G.Wells Mr Britling Sees it Through (1916) + Poetry by Rupert Brooke & others*
2) Henri Barubusse Le Feu (Under Fire, 1916) + Poetry by Charles Hamilton Sorley
3) Rebecca West The Return of the Soldier (1918) + Poetry by Edward Thomas
4) Max Plowman A Subaltern on the Somme (1927) + Poetry by Ivor Gurney
5) Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War (1928) + Poetry by Edmund Blunden
6) Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front + Poetry by Wilfred Owen
7) R.C. Sheriff Journey¿s End (1929) + Poetry by Siegfried Sassoon
8) Essay Completion
9) Mary Borden The Forbidden Zone (1929) + Poetry by T.P. Cameron Wilson and others
10) Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms (1929) & selections from In Our Time (1925)
11) Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse (1927) + T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)
* all poetry will be taken from Dominic Hibberd and John Onions, eds., The Winter of the World: Poems of the Great War (London: Constable, 2007)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with undergraduate students (ENLI10350)
Course organiserProf Randall Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4288
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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