Spring 2019

The Modern American Experience of War Through Literature and Film

Listed in: History, as HIST-238


Mark R. Jacobson (Section 01)


For the past 2,000 years, both combat veterans and observers of the conflicts have captured the dynamic and often dark experience of war. This course will expose students to the twentieth and twenty-first century experience of American men and women at war. Using novels, memoirs, and poems, as well as documentary, docu-drama, and other films, students will consider the complicated nature of combat and how those dynamics transcend time. Students will compare the experience of different identity groups and their military service. After introductory sessions, students will review the literature and films that depict the World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Guest speakers and authors will augment class readings and discussion.

Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 18 students. Spring Semester. McCloy Visiting Professor Jacobson.

If Overenrolled: Preference given first to history majors and then by seniority.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Fall 2019