English R1B

Reading and Composition: Literature and World War I

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
11 Spring 2005 James Murphy
T Th 9:30-11 47 Evans

Other Readings and Media

"Course Reader

Pat Barker, Regeneration

Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Rebecca West Return of the Soldier

The Little Brown Handbook"


World War I, or the Great War, has inspired a tremendous amount of great poetry and fiction. Writers immediately turned the experience of war into the subject of verse and novelists continue to use it as a subject more than eighty years after the war ended. This course will examine the literature of World War I; we will also look at memoirs and letters written during and after the war by soldiers and civilians and at work by historians and literary critics. The focus of this course will be on the development of extended arguments and the mastery of different forms of writing, which we will develop in several short essays and a longer research paper. We will also work on the analysis of arguments and some basics of logic. You will be required to revise everything you write several times.

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