Twentieth Century War Poetry (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series)

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This Readers' Guide examines the genesis and development of the important genre of war poetry in the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the role of the two world wars on the literary and cultural construction of a "war poetry" category. The Guide draws upon a range of key historical and contemporary critical responses, from poetic memoir and journalism to sophisticated academic criticism, to demonstrate the rich diversity of ...
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This Readers' Guide examines the genesis and development of the important genre of war poetry in the twentieth century, focusing in particular on the role of the two world wars on the literary and cultural construction of a "war poetry" category. The Guide draws upon a range of key historical and contemporary critical responses, from poetic memoir and journalism to sophisticated academic criticism, to demonstrate the rich diversity of expectations and evaluations elicited by the developing genre.
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Phillippa Lyon is Tutor in the Continuing Education Department at the University of Sussex.
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Table of Contents


Introduction
Part One: What Do We Mean by War Poetry?
• Navigating the Genre
• Exploring the Literary and Cultural Status of War Poetry Today
• The Relationship of War Poetry to the Canon
• Poetry and Representation of Wars
• War Poetry and the Biographical
• Selectivity, 'Packaging' and Publication
Part Two: First World War Literary Context and the War Poetry Tradition
• Patriotism, Propaganda and Protest
• Dissemination and Reception
Part Three: The Inter-War Years
• Key Contexts
• The 'War Poets' Emerge
• The Developing Genre: Theory, Subject and Form
• Spanish Civil War
Part Four: Second World War Cultural and Critical Positioning
• Anthologies and the Poetry 'Boom'
• Civilisation and Its Discontents
Part Five: Post-1945 Critical Paths
• Militarism, Patriotism and the Naturalisation of War
• The Peace Movement and Democratic and Pedagogic Approaches
• The Influence of Cultural Historicism and Feminism
• Conclusion
• Index
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