Sunday, January 21, 2007

One thing you didn't know about Flavia (not quite a meme)

I love--totally, totally love--war literature. All genres, all periods. War movies, too, whether they involve the battlefield or the homefront.

And this semester I'm teaching a course that involves nothing but war literature (and which I've given this title).

Damn. I'm such a boy.

13 comments:

kfluff said...

I love it! I often include the incredibly craptastic Mel Gibson film "The Patriot" because it is such a naked piece of ideology. No way could I keep that up for an entire semester.

You're a woman of mystery...

RageyOne said...

Seems like an appropriate title to me.

Horace said...

Ooohh, I hope you're teaching Tamburlaine which is my favorite war play of all time!

phd me said...

I love war literature -- and movies and poetry and paintings and artifacts and locations. The Imperial War Museum is one of my favorite places in London. One of my best units when I was teaching high school was the one I created on WWI (All Quiet on the Western Front, clips from movies, poetry by Owen and Sassoon). When I was about 12, the family vacation was a tour of Civil War battlefields (I couldn't have been happier). I've always wondered what this says about me...

Anonymous said...

ooo and Britton's War Requiem? and Chris Hedges' book _War is a force that gives us meaning_?!

What Now? said...

Whereas I hate it -- what with war being hell and all -- except when it comes to the Civil War, when I get all excited. Although even then I prefer the homefront stuff to the actual battlefield descriptions.

Enjoy your class!

Tenured Radical said...

Flavia:

Pat Barker's WWI trilogy? Faboo. Also Doctorow's recent The March, on Sherman's march through Georgia.

have fun, girl,

TR

medieval woman said...

Hey - this sounds like a great class! Teaching any Elaine Scarry?

Enjoy (*bang! bang!*)

The Constructivist said...

even Heinlein, Haldeman, Card and other sf war lit?

Flavia said...

Damn, you guys--these are all such good suggestions!

Unfortunately, the class isn't about war literature in the way that I'd like it to be; rather, that's the organizing principle for my section of what is, actually, our sophomore-level, intro-to-the-major course. So we're reading great stuff, but rather less of it than I would otherwise assign.

Maybe some year in the future, though.

Elizabeth said...

chiming in late, here, but i too love war movies (maybe not so much with the literature); i.e., i have man-type tastes and am a lady. i also like ranch dressing!

Ancrene Wiseass said...

Right there with you!

Another Damned Medievalist said...

So I hope you're teaching ... The Iliad, The Peloponnesian Wars, Lysistrata, maybe The Persians, The Gallic Wars, a little Josephus?, Roland, Henry V, Richard III, Cymbeline, OH! and a bunch of Napoleonic war stuff ... or maybe bits of Thackeray (Barry Lyndon and Vanity Fair, Maybe even War and Peace, and Simplicissimus ... and then lots of WWI poets???