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ENGLĀ 164. WAR. 4 Units.

This course considers how writers and filmmakers struggle to describe the indescribable - war. What's at stake, ethically, personally, and politically, in how writers represent war? The course texts include novels, poems, memoirs, graphic novels, and theoretical readings. Discussions focus on the rhetorical and literary strategies adopted to offer specific perspectives on war and human nature and to open timeless questions for debate: How do wars affect the men and women who fight them, and how do wars affect those left behind? How can war provide the means to show our greatest strengths and capacity for self-sacrifice - to become heroes - yet also make us, somehow, less than human? (DVSY, GE2B)