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The War to End All Wars: World War I In History, Literature, Art, and Film


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To commemorate the approaching 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), this seminar will explore the war as presented in historical documents, literature, film, and art. Texts will include World War I poems (English, but also German, French, and Russian), novels such as All Quiet on the Western Front, A Farewell to Arms, The Good Soldier Svejk, and Dr. Zhivago, art (including works by Picasso, John Singer Sargent, Otto Dix, and George Grosz), plays (What Price Glory), films such as All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 version) and Grand Illusion, and memoirs such as Robert Graves' Goodbye to All That. We will also draw on many online resources produced by, among others, the BBC, UNESCO, and the U.S. Army.