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“My Glory Never Dies”: The Military in Literature, Film, and Onstage

A special 5-part series co-sponsored by the GWC and the Dudley Knox Library

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Course Overview

Instructor: Dr. Cheryldee Huddleston (contractor) is a GWC writing coach, playwright, and arts facilitator. Her play, Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio?, won the 2002 PEN USA Award for Drama and is published by Dramatic Publishing. Her teaching experience includes the complete theatre curriculum at the University of Georgia.

Teaching Assistant: Jacob Stulberg (contractor), GWC writing coach.

Description: The poets and playwrights of Classical Greece created the archetype of the military hero who fulfilled his destiny on the battlefield. These ancient concepts of courage, honor, and military glory have come down through the centuries and continue to resonate today within the lives and careers of military officers.

Experience a compelling sampler of literature as well as live, filmed, and audio performances that have influenced Western culture and even military policy. Join discussions that stem from your own responses, thoughts, and questions.

Purpose: This alternative way of learning through prose, poetry, play, and film—quite different from students’ other experiences in graduate school—is designed to increase participants’ confidence in their critical thinking while deepening their understanding of the role the military has played in the arts.

Eligibility: Enrollment is open to students, spouses, faculty, and staff.

Details: All sessions will be held in Glasgow 115 from 1730–2030, every Thursday from October 12 through November 9, 2017 (15 total hours). Attendees can enroll in all or individual sessions using WCOnline. Select the workshops calendar from the drop-down and page forward to the desired date.

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Glory

Glory (TriStar Pictures, Freddie Fields Productions; 1989)

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Syllabus

Following are the dates, topics, and selections of poetry, prose, plays, and films to be read/viewed within each class. (Programming details are subject to change.)

Readings: Out-of-class readings will be recommended but optional. Literature selections will be concise and can be read within the class time. All required texts and film will be provided by the instructor. Handouts will be distributed at the end of each class for the following class.

Part 1: Thursday, October 12, 1730–2030: Archetypes: The Trojan War/Battle of Agincourt

  • The Trojan War (poetry, theater, and film)

Homer, The Iliad (750 BCE)vase photo

Virgil, The Aeneid (19 BCE)

Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis (405 BCE) / The Trojan Women (415 BCE)

  • The Battle of Agincourt (theater and film)

Shakespeare, Henry V (1599)

Part 2: Thursday, October 19, 1730–2030: The U.S. Civil War

  • Poetry

Walt Whitman, Civil War selections

  • Prose

Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

  • Theater

Saul Levitt, The Andersonville Trial (written selections) (1960)

  • Film

The Andersonville Trial (1970)

Glory (1989)

Part 3: Thursday, October 26, 1730–2030: World War II

  • Poetry

Randall Jarrell, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” (1945)

  • Prose

Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)

  • Film

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Catch-22 (1970)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Part 4: Thursday, November 2, 1730–2030: The Cold War/Vietnam

  • Cold War

Film

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Thirteen Days (2000)

  • Vietnam War

Prose

Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried (1990)

Theater

Kenneth H. Brown, The Brig (1963)

Film

Platoon (1986)

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Part 5: Thursday, November 9, 1730–2030: Iraq/Afghanistan

  • Prose

Phil Klay, Redeployment (2014)

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (2012)

  • Film

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Lone Survivor (2013)

American Sniper (2014)