War has been an ever-present theme in literature since ancient times. Whether the work glorifies or criticizes war and those who wage it, it survives in the present day, as the way in which we understand and make sense of the very worst of our humanity. We will explore the impact of war on soldiers, families and civilians by means of relevant literature. We will study excerpts from: Iliad by Homer, translated by Stanley Lombardo (Hackett); A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner); Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Simon & Schuster); The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane; Slaughterhouse-Five by Kirt Vonnegut; The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh and The Diary of Anne Frank. Classes will consist of discussion of the readings as well as short written assignments that students will be encouraged to share with the class.