Literary Battles: Debating the Duties of War Literature in World War I and Today
November 12, 2013
Hilary Lithgow, Lecturer and Advisor in English and Comparative Literature
In honor of Veterans Day, Hilary Lithgow discusses World War I and how famous war books like Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front shape war literature today. While readers embraced All Quiet and its sharp anti-war message, a small group of veterans in the 1930s dismissed Remarque as an amateur not qualified to write about battle. The resulting “War Books Controversy” addressed questions of who is best suited to represent the experience of war and to what ends it ought to be represented.
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
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