To complement the upcoming Portland Art Museum exhibit, “This Is War!: Graphic Arts from the Great War,” this Delve seminar will explore the literary response to the shock the Great War produced in artistic and social spheres. We’ll open the seminar with a gallery talk led by the curator of the exhibit, Mary Chapin, and enrich our discussion by juxtaposing a few short World War I poems with the visual art. We’ll follow with a novel by German veteran Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), that details the brutality of war and the struggle to return to civilian life. And we’ll round out our consideration of how war breaks bodies and bonds with Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (1929), a classic novel based on his own experience while serving with the Red Cross on the Italian front.
Note: Participants in this seminar will receive special access to Portland Art Museum’s “This is War!” exhibit. Read more about the seminar here!
Guide: Kelly Austin has graduate degrees in literature from Claremont, Cambridge and UCLA. Most recently she taught Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature at the University of Chicago, focusing on poetry in the Americas and translation studies. She has also led literature seminars for the Illinois Humanities Council’s Odyssey Project, Newberry Library, and Chicago Humanities Festival.