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Understanding World War II through American Literature and Film


Course Number Course Title Semester Day and Time Instructor Course Fee
HIS 365G Understanding World War II through American Literature and Film Fall 2012   TH 6-9 John Leffler $550.00

Description: It is still possible to see World War II as "The Good War," an epic struggle between the forces of tyranny and freedom. But since 1945 a number of prominent American filmmakers and writers have expressed deeper, more complicated views of the conflict. In this course we will be examining America?s evolving understanding of World War II, using films and literary works as our basic texts. The course incorporates a number of classic World War II films made during and after the war, such as the Why We Fight series, Casablanca, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, The Best Years of Our Lives, Battleground, The Enemy Below, Catch-22, and Patton. The class will also read E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, Norman Mailer's Naked and the Dead, selections from J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories, and selections from other works.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Meets with AMS 321.

Official UT Course Description: A study of America through its geography, language, government, or cultures. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Prerequisites: Freshman and sophomore English and at least 24 college hours or consent of University Extension.