|Module Title||WAR POETRY: FROM THE CRIMEAN TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Damian Walford Davies|
|Other staff||Mrs Carol Marshall|
|Course delivery||Seminar||20 Hours (10 x 2 hour seminar workshops)|
|Assessment||Continuous assessment||2 x 2,500 word essays||100%|
|Essay||Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.|
1. Introduction What do we expect from war poetry? What is its role, and what are its predominant themes? Is 'war poetry' a useful category as a way of approaching poetry written in or about war time? What literary conventions - of heroes at the front and of women who wait at home - accrue to war poetry, and how are these accepted or inflected as war changes?
2. The Crimean War 1853-56: The focus here will be Tennyson's 'Charge of the Light Brigade' (1854) and its relationship to the newspaper reports of the same event. This seminar will also involve discussion of Tennyson's Maud and its relation to the Crimean War.
3. Jingoism and Patriotism This session will focus on the poetry of Rudyard Kipling and on the Boer War (1899-1902). Selected poems from the following volumes will be under discussion: Barrack-Room Ballads and Other Verses (1892); The Seven Seas (1896); The Five Nations (1903).
4. Dark Pastorals A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad (1896) and his Last Poems (1922), together with the 'War Poems' section of Thomas Hardy's Poems of the Past and the Present (1901).
5. First World War (i) With the Penguin Book of First World War Poetry as our basic text, the subject of this session will be the First World War poets: Brooke, Grenfell, McCrae, Seeger, Sorley, Thomas, Blunden, Gurney and Graves. Use will also be made of selected prose works relating to the Great War.
6. First World War (ii) The First World War poetry of Sassoon, Rickword, Read, Owen and Rosenberg. Selected prose works will also be used.
7. First World War (iii) David Jones's modernist epic of the Great War, In Parenthesis, together with First World War poetry written by women.
8. 'If you tolerate this, your children will be next' The poetry of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39)
9. Second World War (i) The poetry of Keith Douglas, Alun Lewis, Roy Fuller and others, together with selections from the prose writings of Douglas, Robert Graves and Herbert Read.
10. Second World War (ii) 'Civilian' poetry of the Second World War: Dylan Thomas, together with Edith Sitwell, Lois Clark and other women writers.
The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry, ed. Jon Silkin (2nd edn., Penguin 1981)
The Virago Book of Women's War Poetry and Verse, ed. Catherine Reilly (Virago 1997)
Poetry of the Thirties, ed. Robin Skelton (Penguin 2000)
Selected Poems of Rudyard Kipling (Penguin 1993)
Poetry of the Second World War, ed. Desmond Graham (Pimlico 1998)
Selected Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson, ed. Aidan Day (Penguin 1991)
James R. Bennet, 'The Historical Abuse of Literature: Maud: A Monodrama and the Crimean War', English Studies 62 (1981), 34-45
Joanna Bourke, An Intimate History of Killing: Face to Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare (Granta, 1999)
Adrian Caesar, Taking it Like a Man: Suffering, Sexuality and the war Poets. Brooke, Sassoon, Owen, Graves (Manchester UP, 1993)
A. Calder, The People's War: Britain, 1939-45 (Panther, 1971)
A. Cardinal, D. Goldman, J. Hattaway (eds), Women's Writing on the First World War (Oxford UP, 1999)
Keith Douglas, Alamein to Zem Zem, ed. D. Graham (Oxford UP, 1979)
M. Eksteins, Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age (Bantam, 1989)
George Esenwein and Adrian Shubert, Spain at War: The Spanish Civil War in Context, 1931-39 (1995)
Simon Featherstone, War Poetry: An Introductory Reader (Routledge, 1995)
Marc Fero, The Great War (Routledge, 1982)
Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford UP, 2000)
Jon Glover and Jon Silkin (eds), The Penguin Book of First World War Prose (1989)
D. Hibberd and J. Onions (eds), Poetry of the Great War (Houndmills, 1986)
S. Hynes, A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture (Bodley Head, 2000)
John Keegan, The Faces of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme (Penguin, 1983)
Alun Kenwood (ed.), The Spanish Civil War: A Cultural and Historical Reader (1993)
Paula M. Krebs, Gender, Race and the Writing of Empire: Public Discourse and the Boer War (Cambridge UP, 1999)
A.D. Lambert, The Crimean War: British Grand Strategy against Russia, 1853-56 (Manchester UP, 1990)
Martin Middlebrook, The First Day on the Somme (Penguin, 1984)
John Miller (ed.), Voices Against Tyranny: Writing of the Spanish Civil War (1986)
R. Palmer, 'What a Lovely War': British Soldiers' Songs from the Boer War to the Present Day (Michael Joseph, 1990)
John Peck, War, the Army and Victorian Literature (1998)
Janet Perez and Wendell Aycock (eds), The Spanish Civil War in Literature (1990)
Anne Powell (ed.), The Fierce Light: The Battle of the Somme, July-November 1916 (1996)
Mark Rawlinson, British Writing of the Second World War (Oxford UP, 2000)
Victor Selwyn (ed.), Poems of the Second World War: The Oasis Collection (Everyman, 1985)
John Silkin, Out of Battle: The Poetry of the Great War (Oxford UP, 1972)
Angela K. Smith, The Second Battlefield: Women, Modernism and the First World War (Manchester UP, 2000)
M. Van Wyk Smith, Drummer Hodge: The Poetry of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) Clarendon Press, 1978)
Martin Taylor (ed.), Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (Constable, 1989)
Stanley Weintraub, The Last Great Cause: The Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War (1968)