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Regina Exchange: "Reading and Teaching War Literature" by Melanie Schnell

Posted on 2019-02-20 in Events
Mar 8, 2019

Regina Exchange Annual Presentation by Melanie Schnell, Friday March 8

REGINA EXCHANGE

An Annual Presentation by University of Regina Faculty
in Exchange with the Department of English

READING AND TEACHING WAR LITERATURE:
Moving from Experience to participant in the Literary Journey

by Melanie Schnell

FRIDAY MARCH 8

3:30 PM

ARTS 206

Stories about war immerse the reader in experiences of trauma, disconnection and cultural fragmentation, prompting the simple yet profoundly difficult question: Why do human beings go to war?

How can the study of war literature broaden our thinking about war and the potential to end war? Do these stories force us to consider whether we are closer or further away than ever from peace, or does it ask whether peace may be, after all, a human-made and impossible societal construct?

This talk will consider ways to bridge students’ reading of war literature from an experience of empathy and gratitude to a potentially new acknowledgement of their place as citizens in its cycle of ostensible perpetuity.

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Melanie Schnell is an English Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Regina. She spent several months in South Sudan during their civil war to research her first novel, While the Sun is Above Us. The novel won two Saskatchewan book awards and became a part of the Grade 12 Curriculum in both Catholic and public high schools in Saskatchewan in 2013.

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