Spring 2018 - HS 303 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Reflections on Civil Wars

Class Number: 9634

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 10655, Burnaby

    Location: TBA



The study of issues related to Hellenic Studies not offered in regular courses.


This course examines literary works based on 20th c. European civil wars. It succinctly surveys three paradigms (the Spanish, Greek and Yugoslav civil wars) by initially making references to the historical background in order to study literary works emerging from different national contexts with a focus on an individual’s reflection on civil war. It subsequently addresses themes that emerge from this examination, e.g. gender, identity, sameness/difference, memory, fact and fiction. In the process, references and comparisons are made to artistic and filmic representations of civil war in the given cultural contexts.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm 35%
  • Term Paper 40%



Hemingway, E. 1995. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Scribner.
ISBN: 9780684803357

Orwell, G. 2000. Homage to Catalonia. New York: Penguin Books.
ISBN: 9781604443493

Kazantzakis, N. 1985. The Fratricides. New York: Simon & Schuster.
ISBN: 9780571105069

Valtinos, T. The Descent of the Nine. 1973.

Sacco, J. 2000. Safe area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995. Fantagraphics Books.
ISBN: 9781560974703

Todorovic, D. The Book of Revenge: A Blues for Yugoslavia. Random House. 2006
ISBN: 9780679313977


Glenny M. 1996. The fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War (3rd ed., revised). London: Penguin Books.

Preston, P. 2009. We saw Spain die: foreign correspondents in the Spanish Civil War (revised and expanded edition). London: Constable and Robinson.

Benson, F. R. 1967. Writers in Arms: The Literary Impact of the Spanish Civil War. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Close, D. H. (ed.). 1993. The Greek Civil War, 1943–1950: Studies of Polarisation. New York: Routledge.

Gareth, T. 1990. The Novel of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1975). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Halpern, J. M. and Kideckel, D. A. (eds). 2000. Neighbors at War: Anthropological Perspectives on Yugoslav Ethnicity, Culture and History. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press.

McDonald, S., Holden, P., and Ardener, S. (eds.). 1987. Images of Women in Peace and War. Oxford: Macmillan.

Woodhouse, C. M. 1985. Apple of Discord: a Survey of recent Greek Politics in their International Setting.Reston, Va.: W. B. O'Neill.

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