Reel to Real
course will introduce students to the realities of the Great
War 1914-1918 and its effects on artists, writers, and poets
of that age.
Great War was a period of unimaginable artistic and
intellectual achievement. Sigmund Freud supported
Austria-Hungary at the beginning of the war. The war produced
such great poets and writers such as Siegfried Sassoon,
Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, Max Plowman, Cecil Lewis, Ernest
Hemingway, and Edmund Blunden. The drawings of Otto Dix and
the sculptures of Käthe Kollwitz, who lost a son to World War
I and a grandson to World War II, are powerful reminders of
the effects of war on the artist.
This course will show examples of how some of these
intellectuals attempted to deal with the mass destruction of
the war, and, more importantly, how many of them became
victims of the slaughter, where “sanity is the ultimate
The completion of this online course yields
two graduate credit hours. Credit is provided by the
University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio.