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翻譯:吳貞芳(Doris Wu)(簡介並寄信)

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內戰終了,詩人沃爾特.惠特曼為文強調:「真正的戰爭,永遠不會寫進書裡」,美國兩百多年的歷史中,戰爭經歷已經根本地塑造了美國人如何看待自己,如何看待同胞,如何看待身為美國公民的意義; 對參戰者與非參戰者兩者而言,戰爭的表述也同樣成為挑戰。 本學科探討美國人如何從歷史、文學、流行文化來訴說現代戰爭的故事,並從歷經改變的美國國家認同觀念來理解這些故事。


本課程成功與否取決於同學們的主動參與,因此課堂參與(15%)是主要評分項目之一,評分標準在於同學們對課程的準備、參與程度、 主動聆聽、合作、以及整體的貢獻,如果有人缺席,無須多說,當然就無法對課程做出任何貢獻。此外,所有同學要各自選擇閱讀作業,並於學期最後兩週主持相關主題的討論 (10%)。

雖然本課程要求數篇書面報告,但篇幅都很短:第一篇報告只須一兩頁,不予評分,之後的三篇報告須四至五頁 (每篇各佔20%)。報告截止日期當天,同學必須一上課就親自交出書面報告,延期交報告必須事先提出,且理由正當方能批准,一概不接受因電腦問題而遲交這樣的藉口。請同學務必熟悉麻省理工學院對學術誠信的規定,如果有任何不清楚之處請即發問。



Syllabus (PDF)

Writing in the wake of the Civil War, poet Walt Whitman insisted that "the real war will never get in the books." Throughout American history, the experience of war has fundamentally shaped the ways that Americans think about themselves, their fellow Americans, and the meanings of national citizenship. War has also posed challenges of representation, both for those who fought as well as those who did not. This subject examines how Americans have told the stories of modern war in history, literature, and popular culture, and interprets them in terms of changing ideas about American national identity.


The success of this class depends on the active participation of all students. Classroom participation (15%) represents a substantial portion of the grade, and will be evaluated in terms of preparation, participation, active listening, collaboration, and overall contributions to the class experience during the term. Needless to say, if you do not attend a class it is impossible for you to contribute to it. In addition, all students will choose reading assignments and lead discussion (10%) during the last two weeks of the semester.

Writing assignments are frequent, but short: the first 1-2 pp. paper is ungraded, and is followed by three essays of 4-5 pp. (25% each). Writing assignments should be handed in on paper in person at the beginning of the class in which they are due. Extensions will be granted only for good reasons explained well in advance; computer malfunctions are never an acceptable excuse for a late submission. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with MIT's regulations on academic honesty and ask questions if anything is unclear.


Copies of required books for the class have been placed on reserve at the Humanities Library. A number of readings will also be made available through the library's electronic reserve system (accessible through the class website) or by handout. Readings should be completed by the beginning of the class under which they appear, unless otherwise stated. At times, homework assignments require you to watch films. Course films are on reserve at the Film Office of the Comparative Media Studies Program; they can also easily be found at commercial video rental stores in the area.

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