GST/HIS/IST 279 World War I: The War to End All Wars
Jennifer Redmann MW 7:30-8:50 PM
2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, a pivotal event in 20th-century history. This course will address the impact of the war on the political, social, and cultural life of the combatant nations. Jennifer Redmann (German) will serve as course coordinator; through lectures and readings, guest faculty from History, Government, Art History, Anthropology, Music, and English will highlight themes such as “Women and War,” “The Home Front,” “Poetry of World War I,” “Colonial Soldiers,” and “Global War.”
GST/LIT 274 World War I in Literature
Karen Campbell MWF 2:30-3:20
This class examines the cultural "legacy" of the GREAT WAR fought in Europe between 1914 and 1918. It will consider literature, art, and film of the period with a focus on German, French, and English-language sources in translation, but with consideration of other combatants too, including the Russians and Turks. No prerequisites.
HIS 277 U.S. and World War I
Louise Stevenson MW 1:00-2:20 PM OR WF 8:30-9:50 AM
Declared U.S. involvement in World War I lasted for a mere nineteenth months. In fact, the war affected the course of U.S. life and politics for over six years--from its outbreak in 1914 through the Senate’s rejection in 1919 of the Paris Peace Treaty. This course begins with the European causes of the war, and then progresses through these units: imperialism, preparedness, debate over U.S. entry, the war front (soldiers, African Americans, and women), the home front with especial reference to Lancaster, and lasting effects for the US at home and in the world.
CNX 132 How Ideas Became Form: Dada, Surrealism and the Great War
Virginia Maksymowicz MW 1:30-4:20 PM
How does an artist get an idea and then go about making something that conveys that idea visually? This course considers the creative process through both conceptual and material approaches. Students read theoretical essays about the nature of artistic inspiration, critique popular ideas about “artistic genius," and research artists whose life and artistic ideas become individual focal points for the term. There is also an opportunity for two, hands-on sculptural projects: one in wood and one in metal. This year, emphasis will be placed upon artists whose ideas manifest themselves through Dada and Surrealism, artistic movements that were impacted by the horrors of World War I. Open to first-year students only.
CNX 133 Building Memory: Architecture and the Great War
Kostis Kourelis MW 1:00-2:20 PM
In order to understand how architecture creates meaning from human experience, we will focus on a momentous event, the First World War, which erupted exactly 100 years ago in 1914. We will study the lives of seven American architects who sought to create memorials of their war experience in stone, brick, and mortar. Their processes of commemorative thinking will be captured in an exhibition at the Phillips Museum of Art. The architectural drawings featured in the exhibition will reveal the process of encapsulating meaning through the adoption of two linguistic systems, the Classical and the Gothic. While studying the language of these two monumental alternatives, we will also investigate how architects came to terms with modernity, represented in the mechanical carnage of trench warfare. Open to first-year students only.
GER 475 World War I and German Culture, 1913-1933
Jennifer Redmann TR 2:15-3:35 PM
Early 20th-century Germany was a time of great upheaval. Many greeted the outbreak of war as a positive force for change that would unify the German people and cleanse society of modern, “decadent” influences. The war proved more devastating than anyone could have imagined, and its after-effects echoed through the tumultuous 1920s and paved the way for the National Socialist rise to power in 1933. In this course, we will read fictional and non-fictional texts and will study films, pieces of music, and works of art that illuminate the time period. The language of the course will be German. Pre-requisite: GER302 or permission of the instructor.