Imagining the First World War (HIH2231A)

30 credits

This module examines the British experience of the First World War and the ways in which it has been reflected in British culture. Interest in the conflict remains extraordinarily high; as history but also in literature, on stage and in film. From visits to the battlefields and graves of the war, the annual rituals of remembrance and commemoration, to constant references in popular culture, television and advertising, the ‘Great War’ remains at the forefront of modern British consciousness. This module looks at British attitudes to the war, not simply as a history but rather in terms of our images of it – how we view and interpret the war – and questions whether these match the actual experiences of the participants at the time. Is the First World War, as one commentator has described it, ‘A War Imagined’?