Courses: In The Wake of War: Literary Representations of Violence and its Aftermath (WRPRH131B01)

Spring 2012

In this seminar, we will focus on works that depict the reverberations of war in relation to national histories, communal memories, familial legacies, and individual traumas. As we see how texts ranging from epic poems to comic books represent and recontextualize conflict and transformation, we will consider a number of interrelated questions: what is the generative tension between creative imagination and official histories? How do aesthetic forms frame cultural ideologies and function as sites for cultural change? What happens when differing interpretations of an event or a text come into conflict with one another? What is at stake in acts of representation, reading, interpretation, analysis, and critical confrontation? Book list: Dave Eggers, Zeitoun; Emmanuel Guibert, The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders; Homer, The Odyssey (Lattimore translation); Joe Sacco, Safe Area Gorazde; Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony; Art Spiegelman, Maus I & II.

Prerequisites: Open only to members of the first-year class as assigned by the Director of College Writing.

Fulfills: HU FW Limit:15

Location

Haverford, Stokes 301

Meeting Times

TTh 11:30-1:00