War Stories: Reading and Writing War

HNR 340 - War Stories: Reading and Writing War

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Term: Spring 2018
Class #: 32078
Section: M002
Credits: 3

Schell, Eileen

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Course Time(s):
TuTh 12:30pm-01:50pm


Course Description:

This course will focus on contemporary fiction and nonfiction texts on war from the perspective of the military personnel who fight them and the civilians, refugees and survivors who endure and flee war. Key questions we will address include: How do veterans and survivors represent the chaos, confusion, and trauma of warfare? What are their strategies for representing the events of war to those may be far removed from the experience of war? How do writers deal with the challenge of making sense of fragmented memories, traumatic events, loss, and what has often been called the "fog of war"? And how do these writers debunk the sensationalism and glorification that often accompanies our society's representations of war? Course texts will include memoirs and also visual forms like graphic memoirs, documentary films, and clips of popular films as well as more theoretical readings on trauma and memory studies. The course will also feature veterans and refugees of war who are on campus and in the community, from student veterans and alumni on campus and in the community to refugees living in Syracuse who have fled war-torn countries. Course members will conduct interviews and/or projects with different communities they will connect to through the guest speaker visits. Students will also undertake a research project on a topic of their choice related to the course theme. The course will be an unusual combination of reading, writing, literary interpretation, and qualitative analysis with some aspects of community engagement.