School of English and Drama

Writing the First World War

Module code: ESH256

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Friday 1 pm - 2 pm
  • Semester 1: Friday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 1: Friday 3 pm - 4 pm

Contact: Ms Nadia Atia
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module examines a broad range of First World War writing. The First World War has traditionally been perceived and represented as a European conflict, defined by the tragic loss of life on the Western Front. We look at writing from and about the war in Europe and on the so-called Home Front (this may include authors such as Wilfred Owen, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway). But, the war of 1914-18 was a global conflict. The imperial power of Europe in the early-twentieth century and the involvement of the Ottoman Empire meant that people from around the world were drawn into the war. Writing the First World War therefore also introduces less familiar texts (fiction, poetry, life writing, and archival sources such as films, photographs, letters and diaries) that enable us to engage with the war¿s global and imperial dimensions. We visit the Imperial War Museum to look at some of its amazing archives and, in previous years, we've gone on a class trip to Western Front to see how the British, French, German, Indian, African, American, Canadian, Chinese, Australian (the list could go on¿) men who served and died there are commemorated.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5