The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II

by Marina MacKay
     
 

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The literature of World War II has emerged as an accomplished, moving, and challenging body of work, produced by writers as different as Norman Mailer and Virginia Woolf, Primo Levi and Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and W. H. Auden. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the international literatures of the war: both those works that recorded or…  See more details below

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The literature of World War II has emerged as an accomplished, moving, and challenging body of work, produced by writers as different as Norman Mailer and Virginia Woolf, Primo Levi and Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and W. H. 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 surveys the writing produced in the major combatant nations (Britain and the Commonwealth, the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and the USSR), and explores its common themes. With its chronology and guide to further reading, 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521887557
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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

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