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Focusing on the role of novels and films in representing history, this course will examine a variety of films, novels and short stories that concentrate on issues from travel in the ancient Mediterranean to the events of 9/11. Analyzing the place of fiction and film in the development of our historical consciousness, the class will consider questions such as: What value do novels and films have in helping us understand the past? How do these novels and films reflect the period in which they were written or produced? How do certain historical themes transcend time and place. And why do these novels and films capture our imagination?