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Exploring Genre War


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Product Code: 978-1-921586-01-9


by Barbara Stanners


The books in the Exploring Genre and Style series provide in-depth analysis and exercises to help students analyse, interpret and articulate their understanding of ‘War’ in a range of representative texts.

Each title includes:

  • Genre conventions and thematic concerns
  • Background information relating to historical context
  • Textual forms and features
  • Strategies and resources for deconstructing texts
  • Wide ranging activities with emphasis on key ideas and how these are developed and communicated

War has been a significant feature in human history since time immemorial. Positive qualities such as courage, loyalty, duty and compassion are countered by much darker tendencies for brutality, ruthlessness and destruction. Throughout history, texts that deal with the phenomenon of ‘war’ have explored this juxtaposition of right/wrong, humanity/inhumanity and love/hate. The ravaging effects of armed conflict have often been graphically recounted in poems, novels, short stories and songs or voiced by passionate advocates for peace or discounted by jingoistic war mongers who speak of glorious victory.

A range of appropriate texts have been selected to demonstrate the changing face of war over time. Detailed analysis of the conventions, themes, techniques and contextual impact has been provided to help teachers develop and deepen student understanding, critical evaluation and personal interpretation. What such texts demonstrate is that ultimately there are no winners in any war for despite the specific campaign or the weapons uses, war stains all participants in the horror and suffering it unleashes.


War Genre

Defining  War                                                                                                             

Mother’s Day Proclamation                                                                                       

War as Genre                                                                                                        

‘Henry V’ – Shakespeare                                                                               

‘The War Prayer’ -Mark Twain                                                                    

‘Breaker Morant’-                                                                                        

World War I

The Great War                                                                                                         

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ – Erich Maria Remarque                         

Visualising War                                                                                                       

W.W.I. Propaganda                                                                                                 

Poetry of the Great War                                                                            

Close Study – Wilfred Owen                                                                                   

Testament of Youth-Vera Brittain                                                               

World War II  

Guernica – Pablo Picasso                                                                                                         

The One Day of the Year – Alan Seymour                                                                         

Cinematic Representation                                                                                                     

Schindler’s List’-Steven Spielberg                                                                                      

‘Life is Beautiful’-Roberto Benigni                                                                                   

‘The Survivor’ – Tadeusz Rozewicz                                                                              

‘The French Prisoner’-Janos Pilinszky                                                                             

‘Hiroshima’ – Angela Clifton                                                                                                

‘Barefoot Gen-Keiji Nakazawa                                                                                            

Legacy of Vietnam

‘Homecoming’ – Bruce Dawe                                                                                               

‘Dear America’ – Bill Coputurie                                                                                          

‘We Regret to Inform You’-Barbara Sonneborn                                                           

‘I was Only 19’ – John Schumann                                                                                        

Newspaper Article - ‘Mind and body to work as one’                                               

‘Colors of War’ – William Black Jr.                                                                                     

‘Young Man in Vietnam’ – Charles Coe                                                                           

Military Rhetoric

Defining Rhetoric                                                                                                                     

Winston Churchill                                                                                                                    

General George S. Patton                                                                                                     

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins                                                                                          

Responding and Composing Skills

Sample Stories                                                                                                                          

‘War Photographer’-Carol Ann Duffy                                                                               

‘Your Attention Please’- Peter Porter                                                                             

Sample Exam


See review of Exploring Genre War from NATE Classroom, Autumn 2012 in related downloads


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Exploring Genre War review
NATE Classroom Autumn 2012