Merchants of Hope: British Middlebrow Writers and the First World War, 1919-1939

Overview

This study examines fictional recreations of the First World War in the interwar years and the phenomenal success of one play, Sheriff's Jourbaney's End. The author challenges the notion of a 'modern' memory generated by the First World War by arguing that middlebrow texts formulated a set of images and ideas that eclipsed the wartime upheaval and imputed conservative 'meanings' to the collective memory.

Read ...
See more details below
Hardcover (First Edition)
$83.19
BN.com price
(Save 16%)$99.95 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $67.95   
  • New (1) from $87.19   
  • Used (4) from $67.95   
Sending request ...

Overview

This study examines fictional recreations of the First World War in the interwar years and the phenomenal success of one play, Sheriff's Jourbaney's End. The author challenges the notion of a 'modern' memory generated by the First World War by arguing that middlebrow texts formulated a set of images and ideas that eclipsed the wartime upheaval and imputed conservative 'meanings' to the collective memory.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"She shows an extensive knowledge of novels in her field and discusses intelligently attempts by writers of limited talent to extract some meaning from experiences of previously unequalled horror." —Review of English Studies

"Rosa Bracco's book is an investigation into what a reading of minor British writers of fiction dealing with the First World War can tell us about "the English memory of the Great War". [...] Bracco's book is based on thorough research and offers interesting insights." —AUMLA

"Rosa Maria Bracco has performed a valuable service for those engaged with the literary history of the 1920s and 1930s. (...) She...has porduced an informative and highly readable survey." —The Year's Work in English Studies

"(a) fascinating study...the chapter on R.C.Sheriff's Jourbaney End...is a penetrating and insightful analysis of the ambiguities inherent in this influential play." —Canadian Military History

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854967063
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/4/1993
  • Series: Legacy of the Great War Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Irony, Modernism and Tradition: Modes of Interpretation 1
The Middlebrow Novel 10
1 The Accountability of Imagination 22
2 The Invisible Hand of The Cause 64
3 'Standards are Different Here': War Recasts Identity 88
4 The Quest for Continuity 124
5 The Theatre of War: Journey's End 145
6 Conclusion 196
Summary 196
The Centre Can Hold 199
Index 207
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)