In this seminar, we will explore the various ways that Iran-Iraq, United States-Iraq, and United States-Afghanistan wars have been portrayed in literature, film, and photography. We will deepen and enrich our understanding of war experienced by both veterans and civilians. We will also read articles on war criticism and psychology. Class Notes: PREREQUISITES: *First-year students only.REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:*First-year students who are not enrolled in a fall 2017 FYS will register online when their registration appointment begins.*First-year students who enrolled in a fall 2017 FYS will be able to enroll in a spring 2018 FYS beginning Monday, November 20th (12:01am).ABOUT THE SEMINAR:In this course, we will explore the various ways that wars and conflicts, particularly Iran-Iraq, U.S.-Iraq, and U.S.-Afghanistan wars, have been portrayed in literature, film, and photography. We will attempt to deepen and enrich our understanding of war experienced by both veterans and civilians of each country. We will examine the impact of war on the human psyche in regards with violence. We will read books by American war veterans and Middle East authors contemplating the wars and their consequences. We will look at each writer¿s perspective on war and their interpretation of it comparatively. In order to enhance our understanding of the phenomenon of war, we will also read supplementary articles on criticism of war and a few on psychology of war. There will be film screening on these wars which will give students the opportunity to examine these wars in a different medium than just literature. We will also look at war photography and analyze the perspectives of each photographer and the impact war has not only on people who are involved but on outside observers as well. All readings will be in English. The class will be conducted in the form of a combination of lectures, discussion, and experimentations.Students may also register for this course under PWAD 69.001ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:Claudia Yaghoobi is a Roshan Institute Assistant Professor in Persian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She teaches courses on Middle Eastern and Persian Literature. Yaghoobi¿s recent publications include ¿Yusuf¿s Queer Beauty in Persian Cultural Productions¿, Comparatist (2016); ¿Socially Peripheral, Symbolically Central: Sima in Behrouz Afkhami¿s Showkaran¿, Journal of Asian Cinema (2016); ¿Subjectivity in ¿A¿¿¿r¿s Shaykh San¿an Story in The Conference of the Birds¿, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture (2014); and ¿Sexual Trauma and Spiritual Experience: Rabi¿a al-¿Adawiyya and Margery Kempe¿, Persian Literary Studies Journal (2014). Her book, Subjectivity in 'Attar, Persian Sufism, and European Mysticism, will be released in May 2017 by Purdue University Press. Enrollment Requirements: RC CLAS UGRD FIRST YR STDTS.