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Humor & War in Lit:

Subject: LIT
Course Number: 150
Credits: 1 Credits
Available Online: No
Kurt Vonnegut, who died in April 2007, was a prisoner of war in WWII; he survived the infamous firebombing of Dresden, in which more than 100,000 civilians were killed by Allied troops. Slaughterhouse-Five, a classic in American and anti-war literature, was inspired by that experience. Far from being a strict factual recounting of this event, this novel exhibits great amounts of humor, as well as time travel and little green aliens. We will explore this strange and darkly funny book by examining themes, characters, style, imagery, and its unique structure. Students will read the novel prior to class.
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