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“My Glory Never Dies”: The Military in Literature, Film, and Onstage

A special five-part series co-sponsored by the GWC and the Dudley Knox Library


All participants in this in-person workshop are required to be fully vaccinated.


Workshop Series Overview

Purpose: This alternative way of learning through prose, poetry, play, and film—quite different from students' other experiences in graduate school—is designed to increase participants' confidence in their critical thinking while deepening their understanding of the role that the military has played in the arts.

Description: The poets and playwrights of Classical Greece created the archetype of the military hero who fulfilled his destiny on the battlefield. These ancient concepts of courage, honor, and military glory have come down through the centuries and continue to resonate today within the lives and careers of military officers.

Experience a compelling sampler of literature as well as live, filmed, and audio performances that have influenced Western culture and even military policy. Join discussions that stem from your own responses, thoughts, and questions.

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Glory (TriStar Pictures, Freddie Fields Productions; 1989)

"My Glory Never Dies"


Attendees can enroll in all or individual sessions using WCOnline: select the workshops calendar from the drop-down menu at the top and page forward to the desired date.

All sessions will be held in person in the beautiful, spacious ME Auditorium (open map) on Thursday evenings, 1700–2000, October 7–November 4, 2021 (12.5 total hours). Faculty and staff are welcome. Feel free to bring food and beverages!


Below are the dates, topics, and selections of poetry, prose, plays, and films to be read and viewed within each class. (Programming details are subject to change.)

Readings: Literature selections will be concise and can be read within the class time. All required texts and film will be provided by the instructor. Handouts will be distributed at the end of each class for the following class.

Part I: Thursday, Oct. 7, 1700–2000: Archetypes: The Trojan War and the Battle of Agincourt

  • Homer: The Iliad (750 BCE; poetry)
  • Euripides: Iphigenia at Aulis (405 BCE; live performance)vase
  • Euripides: The Trojan Women (415 BCE; audio / filmed theater)
  • Shakespeare: Henry V (1599; film)

Part II: Thursday, Oct. 14, 1700–2000: The U.S. Civil War

  • Walt Whitman: Civil War selections (1865; poetry)
  • Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage (1895; novel)
  • Saul Levitt: The Andersonville Trial (1970; filmed theater)
  • Glory (1989; film)

Part III: Thursday, Oct. 21, 1700–2000: World War II

  • Randall Jarrell: "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" (1945; poetry)
  • Joseph Heller: Catch-22 (1961; novel)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946; film)
  • Catch-22 (1970; film)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998; film)

Part IV: Thursday, Oct. 28, 1700–2000: The Vietnam War

  • Tim O'Brien: The Things They Carried (1990; novel)
  • The Deer Hunter (1978; film)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979; film)

Part V: Thursday, Nov. 4, 1700–2000: Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Kevin Powers: The Yellow Birds (2012; novel)
  • The Hurt Locker (2008; film)
  • Lone Survivor (2013; film)