Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War: <i>That Better Whiles May Follow Worse</i>

Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War: That Better Whiles May Follow Worse

by Brill


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Through chapters dedicated to specific writers and texts, Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War is a collection of essays examining literary responses to the Great War, particularly the confrontation of two distinct languages. One of these reflects nineteenth-century ideals of war as a noble sacrifice; the other portrays the hopeless, brutal reality of the trenches. The ultimate aim of this volume is to convey and reinforce the notion that no explicit literary language can ever be regarded as the definitive language of the Great War, nor can it ever hope to represent this conflict in its entirety. The collection also uncovers how memory constantly develops, triggering distinct and even contradictory responses from those involved in the complex process of remembering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004314917
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/21/2016
Series: DQR Studies in Literature , #61
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 0.63(w) x 0.94(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Owen, Ph.D, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, is a lecturer in English at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has published principally on eighteenth-century English novelistic fiction, and, in this ambit, has edited early works by Jane Austen and Anna Maria Porter.

Cristina Pividori, Ph.D, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, is a lecturer in English at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She has published articles on the First World War, gender, trauma and memory.

Table of Contents


Part One: Reasserting Tradition: The Solace of the Familiar

1.1 Rudyard Kipling’s War, Freemasonry and Misogyny (Bill Phillips)
1.2 Conscripting Gentle Jane: Getting the Austen Treatment in the Great War (David Owen)

Part Two: Quiet Desperation: Returning Home to Another War

2.1 No Peace in Silence: The Return of the Traumatised Great War Soldier in Francis Itani’s Tell (Donna Coates)
2.2 When the War Was Over: The Return of the War Nurse (Laurie Kaplan)

Part Three: The Great War in Words: Telling the Untellable

3.1 The Trope of War in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song (Andrew Monnickendam)
3.2 Vivid Immediacy and Minimal Reflection in Patrick MacGill’s First World War Trilogy (Brian Dillon)
3.3 Impressions from the Front: The Crisis of the Witness in Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End (Cristina Pividori)

Part Four: Between Happy Warrior and Bitter Pacifist

4.1 To a Reader 100 Years Hence: Continuity in Canadian Great War Narratives (Monique Dumontet)
4.2 ‘Friend with the Musing Eye’: Persuasion and Dissonance in ‘Call to Arms’ Poems of the First World War (Andrew Palmer)

Part Five: The Subaltern Speaks

5.1 The Scramble for Home: The First World War in the East African Imagination (Esther Pujolràs-Noguer)
5.2 Post-War Redemption in the Jamaican Literary Imagination (Richard Smith)

Part Six: The Soldier and the Other

6.1 Non-Combatants and Others: H.G. Wells’ Mr Britling Sees It Through (Silvia Mergenthal)
6.2 The Loving Soldier: Vindicating Men’s Friendship in Ernest Raymond’s Tell England: A Study in a Generation (1922) and Wilfrid Ewart’s The Way of Revelation (1921) (Sara Martín)

Part Seven: The Children’s War

7.1 Coming to Terms with the Great War: War, Propaganda and the German Enemy in British Children’s Novels, 1900 to 1916 (Dorothea Flothow)
7.2 What Shall We Tell the Children? Narratives of War in First World War Children’s Literature (Elizabeth A. Galway)

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