Picturing the Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Culture

Perrett, Galen J; Cream of Wheat, The Youth's Companion, oversize A 5 .997 vol. 91 (1917)

Perrett, Galen J; Cream of Wheat, The Youth’s Companion, oversize A 5 .997 vol. 91 (1917)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Tuesdays, February 18 – April 22 (class will not meet March 25)

6 – 7:30 pm

Led by Patricia Scanlan

The First World War ushered in profound changes in American society and culture. Studying diverse materials ranging from paintings and novels to periodicals and sheet music, we will analyze how the Great War affected conceptions of battle, the human body, identity, nationalism, and collective memory. The instructor will send preparatory readings in advance of the first session.

Patricia Scanlan holds a PhD in American art and visual culture from Indiana University. She is an independent art historian in Chicago and serves as an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List

  • Course packet, to be purchased in class.
  • One Man’s Initiation-1917 (New York: George H. Doran Co., 1922)
  • This is available free, online as an electronic book through Project Gutenberg, but can also be purchased hard copy, depending on preference.

Readings for the First Session:

  • Instructor will email texts to be read in advance of the first session.

Note: An email address is required to register for this seminar.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Nine sessions, $230.
Register Online.