Seminar: Wars

Thursdays 4-6 p.m.

1.  (21.2.).     Screening of Laurence Olivier’s Henry V: The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944). 137 min !!!

I: Shakespeare's Henry V

2. (28.2.).     Shakespeare's play Henry V

3. (6. 3.).     LONG SESSION: Laurence Olivier and the War Effort: Henry V, William K. Howard’s Fire over England. and Frank Capra’s Battle of Britain (Why We Fight. Vol. 4)

4. (13.3.).     Screening of Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V (1989). 132 min !!!

6. (3. 4.).     Kenneth Branagh's historicist remake Henry V.

II: The American Civil War

7. (10.4.).     Fleming's melodramatic re-appropriation: Gone with the Wind

8. (17.4.).     Ang Lee's Asian-American perspective: Ride with the Devil

9. (24.4.).     The Issue of Race in Edward Zwick: Glory

III: Iconographies of WWII

10. (8. 5.).     Battle Scenes

11. (15.5.).     No class - more time to read Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow

12. (22. 5.).     Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow

13. (29. 5).     Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow



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