albeit 2.1: Women on War: Syllabus

Natalie Leppard

Week 1: Women [insert preposition here] War

Writing:

  • Have students consider traditional and contemporary ideas of women on/in/at/during/after war

 

 

Week 2: Women Sneaking off to War

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • How do we fictionalize women going off to war, whether they have snuck off dressed as men or whether they are military? Why do we need to make them “princesses” or otherwise “girly”? Or, conversely, assume that they are “manly”?

 

 

Week 3: Women at War

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • How is the military changing by allowing women to enlist and slowly changing their culture to allow women in programs like the Army Ranger school? Should women be allowed in combat roles? Do we, as a culture, try to minimize women’s roles in the military?

 

 

Week 4: Women in Other War Roles

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • What roles, other than fighting and nursing, have women traditionally played during a war? What other roles may they play now? How important are these roles?

 

 

Week 5: War & Romance

Reading:

 Viewing:

 Writing:

  • What are the implications of writing contemporary soldiers into romance novels? What might this say about our current definitions of heroism and desire?

 

 

Week 6: Women Returning from War

Reading:

Writing:

  • Consider what you’ve read this week and last about returning home after being in war. How might women’s plights be different than those of men? How might women be differently impacted by PTSD?

 

 

Week 7: War Trauma

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • Consider the trauma inflicted by war, both upon soldiers and citizens.

 

 

Week 8: Ruined

 Reading:

Writing:

  • What does it mean to view a play or film (or even photographs) about war? What should the audience’s reaction be?

 

 

Week 9: Ruined 2

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • What does it mean to record a war? What should be recorded? What should audiences view?

 

 

Week 10: Girls in War

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • Consider how female children are impacted by war differently than male children (the latter who might be expected to be soldiers).

 

 

Week 11: Girls in War 2

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • How do we deal with the memory of war, both collectively and personally?

 

 

Week 12: War & Fate

Reading:

Viewing:

Writing:

  • What role does “fate” play in the way soldiers view the war they are fighting? How does it color the war(s) of which they are veterans?

 

 

Week 13: Averting War

Reading:

 Viewing:

Writing:

  • How does the memorialization of war avert future conflicts? Or does it? What role do women play in memorializing war? Consider any/all texts discussed this term.

Week 14: Fictionalizing War

Reading:

  • On War” by Nathan Gehoski

Writing:

  • Either write about how you might choose to fictionalize war (what aspects would you include/exclue, etc) OR write a fictional account of war.

 

Week 15: Reviewing War from a Remove

Reading:

Writing:

  • Review the chosen text and present to peers.