Coming Out of War: Poetry, Grieving, and the Culture of the World Wars

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A WIDE-RANGING AND ACCESSIBLE ACCOUNT OF AMERICAN AND BRITISH POETRY, MUSIC, AND VISUAL ART BORN OF WORLD WARS I AND II.

“The most extraordinary feature of this study is its amazing scope. . . . Even for readers familiar with the terrain of 20th-century English war poetry, this book contains a treasure trove of new and interesting work. The same could be said for the exhaustive scholarship brought to bear on the discussion of the literature to excellent effect. . . . Some of its inclusions are very likely to spur...

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A WIDE-RANGING AND ACCESSIBLE ACCOUNT OF AMERICAN AND BRITISH POETRY, MUSIC, AND VISUAL ART BORN OF WORLD WARS I AND II.

“The most extraordinary feature of this study is its amazing scope. . . . Even for readers familiar with the terrain of 20th-century English war poetry, this book contains a treasure trove of new and interesting work. The same could be said for the exhaustive scholarship brought to bear on the discussion of the literature to excellent effect. . . . Some of its inclusions are very likely to spur new interest and new research. For example, the brief discussion of Sterling Brown’s poetry should make readers curious to learn more about the African American response to the First World War.”--Margot Norris, author of Writing War in the Twentieth Century

“It is hard for me, as a reader, to contain my praise. This study of the poetries of the great wars of the 20th century in their relation to what Stout calls the culture of mourning is comprehensive and masterful. It is immensely learned, yet readable. Most important, the book is intensely wise and humane, distilled from a career of reading and writing and meditating on the meanings of art forms and expressions.”--Philip Beidler, author of Late Thoughts on an Old War: The Legacy of Vietnam
 

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“The most extraordinary feature of this study is its amazing scope. . . . Even for readers familiar with the terrain of 20th-century English war poetry, this book contains a treasure trove of new and interesting work. The same could be said for the exhaustive scholarship brought to bear on the discussion of the literature to excellent effect. . . . Some of its inclusions are very likely to spur new interest and new research. For example, the brief discussion of Sterling Brown’s poetry should make readers curious to learn more about the African American response to the First World War.”--Margot Norris, author of Writing War in the Twentieth Century

“It is hard for me, as a reader, to contain my praise. This study of the poetries of the great wars of the 20th century in their relation to what Stout calls the culture of mourning is comprehensive and masterful. It is immensely learned, yet readable. Most important, the book is intensely wise and humane, distilled from a career of reading and writing and meditating on the meanings of art forms and expressions.”--Philip Beidler, author of Late Thoughts on an Old War: The Legacy of Vietnam

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817314729
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Janis P. Stout is Professor Emerita of English and Dean of Faculties Emerita at Texas A&M University. She is the author or editor of several works, including Willa Cather and Material Culture, Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times, and Through the Window, Out the Door: Women’s Narratives of Departure, from Austin and Cather to Tyler, Morrison, and Didion.

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Table of Contents

1 Aspirations to heroism : the old that passed away 1
2 The new war poetry : the soldier poets 28
3 The great grief : women poets of World War I 58
4 Looking back on the Great War 83
5 Uneasy interlude : visions of the approach and renewal of war 107
6 Poetry and music enlist 126
7 Weariness and irony : a poetry of fact 141
8 Lament and protest : a poetry of reflection 163
9 Looking back on the "good war" 190
10 Benjamin Britten's War requiem and the hope of learning peace 210
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