Field Study Sample Syllabus

The Experience of the First World War 23 - 30 May 2004
ENGL 288N / 388N 3 s.h.

Instructors: Ms. Pauline Fry, Dr. Catherine Healey

Course Outline

Sunday Meet FIAP Lobby
6:00 - 9:00 pm Orientation--Salle Bonn
Monday Salle Bonn
9:00 - 10:30

Europe on the Eve of War (Healey) Memory
(Rites 1, 2)

11:00 - 1:00 A Literary Generation: Literature to WWI (Fry)
(Rites, 5) Brooke 1914, Sassoon The Hero (Poems, 13-17, 132)
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 6:00 Walk I: Monuments and Memorials: The Universal Exposition to the Memory of War (Healey)
Reading a monument (Fry)
6:00 - 7:00 Journal Entry
Tuesday Salle Bonn
9:00 - 9:30 Quiz I: On the Eve of War
9:50 - 11:00 World War I: The Experience of War (Healey)
(Rites, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) Stoval Freedom Overseas (xerox)
11:15 - 1:00

World War I: The Imaginative Literature of War (Fry)
(Rites, 5, 9) Owen, Dulce et Decorum est, Rosenberg Break of Day in the Trenches, The Death-bed, The Redeemer Sassoon (Poems, 30-31, 24-25, 20, 83)
Intro: Regeneration

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 All Quiet on the Western Front, Rites, 9 (Healey/Fry)
Regeneration (Fry)
4:00 - 6:30 Walk II: Invalides, war museum (Healey/Fry)
8:00 - 10:00 Film: Regeneration
Journal Entry
Wednesday Peronne
8:00 am Be checked out and at breakfast; leave FIAP by --?
9:00 - 12:00

Travel to Peronne by RER and TGV Go over Quiz I

12:00 - 1:30 On the edge of the Somme: Village walk (Healey) and lunch
1:30 - 6:00 Chateau Historial de Peronne Museum and WWI Study Center--our base for the next three days. Visit of collections will alternate with group/classroom discussions:
2:00 - 3:00 All Quiet--classroom (Fry)
5:00 - 6:00 Upper level projects--discussion (Healey)
6:00 - 7:00 Journal Entry
7:00 - 8:00 Dinner and Group Discussion
8:00 - 10:00 Voices From the Front: Poetry reading (Poems of the Great War: 1914-1918)
Thursday Peronne
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Depart for battlefield memorials: Lochnagar Crater, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval
Discussion on site of Face of Battle passage (Healey)
Discussion of Vietnam Memorial versus Thiepval, its inspiration (Fry)
1:00 - 2:30 Lunch in Albert, THE front line town of the Somme (with its famous Basilica of the leaning Virgin) and walking tour (Fry/Healey)
2:30 Depart for Bellicourt Monument, American Cemetery at Bony
On-site readings: McCrae In Flanders Fields;" Sassoon How to Die, Attack; Owen Anthem For Doomed Youth, Apologia Pro Poemate Meo (Poems, 1, 3, 4, 137, 135-6)
6:00 Return to Peronne
Journal Entry
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner and Group Discussion
Free evening in downtown Peronne!
Friday Peronne, Paris
8:00 - 9:30 Check out, Breakfast
9:30 - 10:00 Historial: Quiz II (The Great War)
10:00 - 1:00 Closure: End of the War, going home (Rites, 8,10) (Healey)
The End Owen; Does It Matter? Sassoon; Lamplight Cannan (Poems, 142-145); Eliot excerpt: The Wasteland" (Fry)
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:30 Work in the Historial
Exhibition visit: Women in the Great War
5:00 Depart Peronne
Journal Entry
Assign: Groups and review questions
7:30 Arrive Paris--FIAP; Check in, dinner
Groups; projects UL
Saturday Salle Stockholm
9:00 - 11:00 Group Review: Major themes, works
11:20 - 1:30 WW I Memorials: UL Presentations & Critiques
1:30 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 4:00 Group Review for exam.
4:00 - 5:30 Finish Journals--last entry
Sunday Salle Stockholm
9:00 - 1:00 Final Exam
Journals due


Barker, Pat. Regeneration. 1991.
Eksteins. Modris. Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age. 1989.
Eliot, T.S. excerpt from The Wasteland. 1922
Keegan, John. excerpts from The Face of Battle. 1983.
Poems of the Great War: 1914-1918. Penguin, 1998.
Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. 1929.
Stovall, Tyler. excerpts from Paris Noir. 1998.


Lower Level (LL) Upper Level (UL)
Two Quizzes 20 20
Walks and Participation 10 10
Journal 15 15
Final Examination 55 40
Project and presentation (UL only) -- 15


  1. Describe WWI, its causes and outcomes, from an historical or literary perspective.
  2. Recall the Battle of the Somme, trench warfare, and military strategies (history).
  3. Interpret WWI battlefieldtrench warfare, military strategiesin representative novels (Literature).
  4. Analyze the effects of war cross culturally in representative literature (history/literature).
  5. Assess the effects of the Great War on the shaping of the modern world (history/literature).


Two Quizzes: All students will complete two short quizzes on specific readings assigned in this course. The quizzes will be short essays; we'll go over each quiz as a preparation for the final exam.

Walks and Participation: Students are expected to attend all walks and take notes; we will do on site readings( poems and texts) as well as discuss monuments, analyze architecture. deconstruct landscapes, and compare/contrast prewar Paris and Peronne with the present day.

Journal: All students will complete a journal with a minimum of one entry per day (LL) or two (UL). UL students will also be expected to record their ideas for a project such as preliminary sketches, responses to monuments we visit in Paris and Peronne, and notes toward a final project. Journals will be colllected Sunday and mailed back to students after the course.

Final Examination: The essay exam on the last day will be cumulative. Part one will be closed book. Students will be asked to identify passages or names which have figured in this course. Part Two will be closed book. Emphasis in Part Two will be on history or literature. LL will do five identifications and one essay; UL will do ten identifications and two essays.

Upper Level Projects: History and Literature students will design a war memorial as their final project. Students will receive guidelines at the orientation, and we will look at many different memorials in Paris and Peronne. These projects will be presented to city planners (our class) on Saturday for consideration. Students will have a small library available in Paris.

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