9 episodes

A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence.

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A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence.

    A Writer's War: 9. President Warren At Home

    A Writer's War: 9. President Warren At Home

    A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence. The University's Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty ran a series of workshops, in partnership with Oxford Spires Academy, during which Year 10 modern language students discussed a range of texts from British, French and German writers, and also arranged for the students to visit Magdalen College, which holds an extensive collection of letters and other items relating to the College's participation in the First World War. Students, participating academics, and the archivists from Magdalen College then recorded their reflections for this podcast series.

    In the final podcast in our series, we visit the archives of Magdalen College to hear from archivist DR CHARLOTTE BERRY and archives assistant BEN TAYLOR about some of the items in the College's First World War collection.

    Music: George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

    A National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War Centenary project, produced by ChromeRadio for the University of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages in partnership with Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy.

    • 23 min
    A Writer's War: 8. From Across the Seas They Came

    A Writer's War: 8. From Across the Seas They Came

    A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence. The University's Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty ran a series of workshops, in partnership with Oxford Spires Academy, during which Year 10 modern language students discussed a range of texts from British, French and German writers, and also arranged for the students to visit Magdalen College, which holds an extensive collection of letters and other items relating to the College's participation in the First World War. Students, participating academics, and the archivists from Magdalen College then recorded their reflections for this podcast series.

    We conclude this group of podcasts with a discussion about responses to the First World War in former colonies of the British and French Empires. CATRIONA SETH, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature and Fellow of All Souls College, chairs a conversation between PROFESSOR SANTANU DAS, Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, and PROFESSOR TOBY GARFITT, Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College.

    Music with kind permission of Professor Santanu Das. Amanroop Kaur (vocals), Jasdeep Singh (dilruba) and Harleen Singh (tabla).

    A National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War Centenary project, produced by ChromeRadio for the University of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages in partnership with Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy.

    • 26 min
    A Writer's War: 7. Storm of Steel

    A Writer's War: 7. Storm of Steel

    A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence. The University's Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty ran a series of workshops, in partnership with Oxford Spires Academy, during which Year 10 modern language students discussed a range of texts from British, French and German writers, and also arranged for the students to visit Magdalen College, which holds an extensive collection of letters and other items relating to the College's participation in the First World War. Students, participating academics, and the archivists from Magdalen College then recorded their reflections for this podcast series.

    In this podcast, we hear from RITCHIE ROBERTSON, Taylor Professor of the German Language and Literature and Fellow of The Queen's College, about the German response to the First World War.

    Music: Paul Hindemith: String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 2: I. Sehr lebhaft. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

    A National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War Centenary project, produced by ChromeRadio for the University of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages in partnership with Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy.

    • 15 min
    A Writer's War: 6. Art, Adventure, Love

    A Writer's War: 6. Art, Adventure, Love

    A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence. The University's Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty ran a series of workshops, in partnership with Oxford Spires Academy, during which Year 10 modern language students discussed a range of texts from British, French and German writers, and also arranged for the students to visit Magdalen College, which holds an extensive collection of letters and other items relating to the College's participation in the First World War. Students, participating academics, and the archivists from Magdalen College then recorded their reflections for this podcast series.

    In this podcast, we hear from PROFESSOR TOBY GARFITT, Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, about the response in France to the First World War.

    Music: Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68: III. Forlane. Licensed courtesy of Vox Legends.

    A National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War Centenary project, produced by ChromeRadio for the University of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages in partnership with Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy.

    • 17 min
    A Writer's War: 5. Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!

    A Writer's War: 5. Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!

    A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence. The University's Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty ran a series of workshops, in partnership with Oxford Spires Academy, during which Year 10 modern language students discussed a range of texts from British, French and German writers, and also arranged for the students to visit Magdalen College, which holds an extensive collection of letters and other items relating to the College's participation in the First World War. Students, participating academics, and the archivists from Magdalen College then recorded their reflections for this podcast series.

    In this podcast, we hear from Prize Fellow and poet ANDREW WYNN OWEN and Senior Research Fellow PROFESSOR SANTANU DAS of All Souls College about the British response to the First World War.

    Music: George Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow: The Banks of Green Willow. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

    A National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War Centenary project, produced by ChromeRadio for the University of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages in partnership with Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy.

    • 13 min
    A Writer's War: 4. In Memoriam

    A Writer's War: 4. In Memoriam

    A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence. The University's Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty ran a series of workshops, in partnership with Oxford Spires Academy, during which Year 10 modern language students discussed a range of texts from British, French and German writers, and also arranged for the students to visit Magdalen College, which holds an extensive collection of letters and other items relating to the College's participation in the First World War. Students, participating academics, and the archivists from Magdalen College then recorded their reflections for this podcast series.

    This is the last of four podcasts, in which we hear from Year 10 students at Oxford Spires Academy.

    Music: George Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow: The Banks of Green Willow. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

    A National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War Centenary project, produced by ChromeRadio for the University of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages in partnership with Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy.

    • 6 min

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