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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War


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Vincent Sherry, Paul Edwards, David Trotter, Edna Longley, Claire Buck, Marjorie Perloff, Stanley Corngold, John T. Matthews, Catharine Savage Brosman, Sharon Ouditt, James Campbell, Laura Marcus
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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821452

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  • The Great War of 1914–1918 marks a turning point in modern history and culture. This Companion offers critical overviews of the major literary genres and social contexts that define the study of the literatures produced by the First World War. The volume comprises original essays by distinguished scholars of international reputation, who examine the impact of the war on various national literatures, principally Great Britain, Germany, France and the United States, before addressing the way the war affected Modernism, the European avant-garde, film, women's writing, memoirs, and of course the war poets. It concludes by addressing the legacy of the war for twentieth-century literature. The Companion offers readers a chronology of key events and publication dates covering the years leading up to and including the war, and ends with a current bibliography of further reading organised by chapter topics.

    • A comprehensive guide to First World War literature and its representation in literature, art and film
    • Concentrates on British material but includes essays on French, German and American texts
    • Includes a chronology and guide to further reading
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'With its up-to-date scholarship, this book would be a very useful acquisition for serious research into the literature of the period, for undergraduate level-students and beyond.' Reference Reviews

    'This outstanding volume is a welcome corrective to tired truisms surrounding Great War history, culture, and literature. Vincent Sherry's introduction argues for a literary history more attuned to the Zeitgeist of the war's early days … Sherry and his collaborators graciously acknowledge the primacy of these tropes in our cultural memory but also demonstrate new ways of reading and teaching literary representations of the Great War.' Yearbook of English Studies

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521821452
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Vincent Sherry
    Part I. The Great War in British Literary Culture:
    1. British war memoirs Paul Edwards
    2. The British novel and the war David Trotter
    3. The Great War, history, and the English lyric Edna Longley
    4. British women's writing of the Great War Claire Buck
    5. The Great War and literary modernism in England Vincent Sherry
    Part II. The World War: Pan-European Views, Trans-Atlantic Prospects:
    6. The Great War and the European avant-garde Marjorie Perloff
    7. French writing of the Great War Catharine Savage Brosman
    8. The Great War and modern German memory Stanley Corngold
    9. American writing of the Great War John T. Matthews
    Part III. Postwar Engagements:
    10. Myths, memories, and monuments: re-imagining the Great War Sharon Ouditt
    11. Interpreting the war James Campbell
    12. The Great War in twentieth-century cinema Laura Marcus.

  • Editor

    Vincent Sherry, Washington University, St Louis
    Vincent Sherry is Pierce Butler Professor of English at Tulane University, and author of The Great War and the Language of Modernism.


    Vincent Sherry, Paul Edwards, David Trotter, Edna Longley, Claire Buck, Marjorie Perloff, Stanley Corngold, John T. Matthews, Catharine Savage Brosman, Sharon Ouditt, James Campbell, Laura Marcus

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