Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion

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Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion



By Day 1 of the week, your   instructor will post a discussion question. Respond to your instructor’s   question and to your classmates’ responses. The goal of this discussion forum   is to have a single conversation about the topic, not a series of 30 separate   conversations. This means that every post should be in response to another   post. Only start a new thread if you want to address a whole different theme   within the topic, and only post after first carefully reading what others   have written. Do not repeat what your classmates have already said, and do   not ignore them if they ask you questions. Try to keep the conversation   moving forward.

Attend discussion on at least four   separate days, and post a total of 800 words. There is no required word count   for individual posts as long as all your posts together total 800 words. Nor   is there a minimum number of posts, but you must post on at least four   separate days by Day 7.

Carefully review the Discussion Forum   Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be   used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.


Responses are listed below in the following order: response, author and the date and time the response is posted.








(an instructor response)



Week 3 Discussion

Instructor Umansky

6/3/2016 1:34:21 PM


Discussion for Week 3. Initial       post of 350-400 words due Thursday, day 3, and at least three responses       that will comprise another 400 words to total 800 words. That means, each       response to a peer needs to be a minimum of a paragraph to meet this       requirement. You must post on four different days, which is a post a day.       In your initial post, continue from my initial thread and use textual       evidence with proper citations whether from the novel or from the Assmann       article. 

Reading:       All Quiet on the Western Front, (Ch. 1, 4, 7,       8, 9, 12 (p. 1-8, 19-28, 51-86, and 109-110 in the online edition)

Discussion:       In the preface to All Quiet on the Western Front, novelist       Erich Maria Remarque says, “This book is to be neither an accusation nor       a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an       adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to       tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its       shells, were destroyed by the way.” Throughout his novel, Remarque       emphasizes the way that war transformed its participants and made it       impossible for them to return to normal life. Hence historian Modris Eksteins       argues that “All Quiet is more a       comment on the postwar mind, on the postwar view of the war, than an       attempt to reconstruct the reality of the trench experience” (see his       essay “Memory” in Critical Insights: All Quiet on       the Western Front, p. 142 — available in Ashford’s library, through       the “Literary Reference Center”). In other words,       the novel is about how the memory of war haunts ex-soldiers, but it is       also about how the memory of war haunts the broader society. Discuss the       theme of the war’s effect on soldiers. What exactly does war do to       soldiers, as Remarque portrays it? Cite specific passages from the novel       to support your interpretation. What is role do war memories play in       constructing soldiers’ post-war identities? Once you have a clear understanding       of the soldiers’ case, expand your discussion to society in general. How       does a culture’s war memories affect collective identity? 

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