ENH3225 - Heroes' Twilight: Representations of War and Conflict
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Robin Gerster
Not offered in 2009
The unit examines the centrality of war and conflict to contemporary cultural history. Using a variety of literary (and non-literary) sources, the subject seeks to analyse how discursive representations of war have played a fundamental role in disseminating the ideas of modernity and postmodernity; redefined traditional concepts of heroism, racial virtue and the fixed gender roles which sustain them; entrenched the importance of the mass media in contributing to public knowledge about conflicts; how they have impacted on the notions of racial, ethnic and national identity; and how the Holocaust and subsequent acts of genocide have posed a range of moral and representational challenges.
Students completing this unit will have gained:
- Critical knowledge of the major representational elements of war literature since the First World War.
- An understanding of concepts of heroism and racial virtue, as they have been invoked (and revised) in modern war writing.
- The importance of gender to critical perspectives on war.
- An understanding the relationship of war writing to the ideas and practices of modernity and postmodernity.
- An understanding of the significant role of the global media in disseminating kinds of public knowledge about war and conflict.
Short essay (1000 words): 20%
Long essay (2000 words): 50%
Test (1.5 hours): 20%
Seminar participation: 10%
Third-year students will be expected to read more widely and show a greater understanding of the unit's critical, theoretical and conceptual concerns.
2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week