War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime

War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime

by Mary A. Favret

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691144078
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/19/2009
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mary A. Favret is associate professor of English at Indiana University. She is the author of Romantic Correspondence: Women, Politics and the Fiction of Letters.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

PRELUDE: A Winter's Evening 1





PART I: Modern Wartime: Media and Affect





CHAPTER ONE: Introduction: A Sense of War 9

War Mediated 12

Worlds Without and Within 22

Wartime Without Limits 30

War as All Wars 40

World Wars 43





CHAPTER TWO: Telling Time in War 49

Wartime 49

Modes of Temporality, Structures of Feeling 53

The Post-Boy and the News 59

The Meantime 68

Prophecy 81

INTERLUDE: Still Winter Falls 98





PART II: Invasions





CHAPTER THREE: War in the Air 119

Live Air 120

Beyond Control 123

Early Weather Science: Grounding the Weather 126

A Georgics of the Sky 131

Voices in the Air 138





CHAPTER FOUR: Everyday War 145

A History of Suffering 146

No Peace 151

Diverting Away the Time 161

A Broken Story 165

INTERLUDE: A Brief History of the Meaning of War 173





PART III: War in the World





CHAPTER FIVE: Viewing War at a Distance 187

War in Pictures 190

Worlding India 198

The Historical Sublime 212

The Rope-Bridge 220





CODA: Undone 230

Acknowledgments 235

Bibliography 239

Index 255


What People are Saying About This

Celeste Langan

War at a Distance is an important, exquisite, and thoughtful consideration of the affective experiences of wartime. Favret helps us to reconsider the Romantic imagination as one haunted by the measurelessness of war's effects.
Celeste Langan, University of California, Berkeley

David Clark

Favret's vividly realized and impeccably argued analysis demonstrates that state-sponsored violence was not merely a political or military matter, but had profound consequences for how Romantic thinkers—many living far from the ground zeroes dotting the globe—imagined and conducted themselves, experienced time, and thought about the future. War at a Distance is not only a sobering reflection on what it means to live with oneself and with others amid military modernity, but also an irrepressible call for peace.
David Clark, McMaster University

Kevis Goodman

This book is a masterpiece. Brilliant, brave, and beautifully written, it combines precision with lyricism. It will be required reading for scholars and students in Romantic studies, but its appeal will hardly be limited to them, since the topic is relevant to anyone interested in the nature and effects of war in our own time.
Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley

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