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ERIC Number: EJ931766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Reading the Literature of War: A Global Perspective on Ethics
Vaughn, Kyle
English Journal, v100 n6 p60-67 Jul 2011
When the author came to the Hockaday School many years ago, a course on the literature of war was already in place. He must admit he did a bit of a double-take on seeing this in the course catalog. Hockaday is, after all, an all-girls school. Would teenage girls be so interested in war? He sees now what a prejudicial thought that was, assuming what teenage girls would or would not like. Now, he knows better, so when his peers at the all-boys school down the road ask him the same question, he takes delight in commending the versatility of the adolescent female mind. In this article, the author reflects on how reading literature of war can open students' eyes to the needs of others and help them understand the importance of humanitarian action. Contemporary literary works and examples of classroom assignments are described and recommended.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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