The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II

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The literature of the Second World War has emerged as an accomplished, moving, and challenging body of work, with writers such as Orwell, Woolf, Sartre, Hemingway, Levi, and Auden. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the international literatures of the war: both those works that recorded or reflected experiences of the war as it happened, and those that tried to make sense of it afterwards. It will be an invaluable source of information and inspiration for students and scholars of modern ...
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Overview

The literature of the Second World War has emerged as an accomplished, moving, and challenging body of work, with writers such as Orwell, Woolf, Sartre, Hemingway, Levi, and Auden. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the international literatures of the war: both those works that recorded or reflected experiences of the war as it happened, and those that tried to make sense of it afterwards. It will be an invaluable source of information and inspiration for students and scholars of modern literature and war studies.
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'This [is] a welcome book, which covers new and valuable ground. I doubt whether there is a comparable guide to such a vital and wide-ranging subject that performs its function so efficiently. … ' Reference Reviews

'Marina MacKay's edited collection The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II offers a useful overview of global writings on that war. The slim volume features succinct articles on the prose and poetry of the most important warring nations.' English Studies

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Marina MacKay is Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St Louis.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments x

Chronology xi

Introduction Marina Mackay 1

Part I Anglo-American Texts and Contexts

1 War poetry in Britain Adam Piette 13

2 British fiction of the war Rod Mengham 26

3 War poetry in the USA Margot Norris 43

4 The American war novel James Dawes 56

5 War journalism in English Leo Mellor 67

Part II Global Perspectives

6 The French war Debarati Sanyal 83

7 The German war Dagmar Barnouw 98

8 The Soviet war Katharine Hodgson 111

9 tThe Italian war Robert S. C. Gordon 123

10 The Japanese war Reiko Tachibana 137

11 War writing in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Donna Coates 149

Part III Approaches and Revisions

12 Women writers and the war Gill Plain 165

13 Life writing and the Holocaust Phyllis Lassner 179

14 Theories Of Trauma Lyndsey Stonebridge 194

15 The War in Contemporary Fiction Petra Rau 207

Guide to further reading 220

Index 227

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