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Postcards from the trenches - Allyson Booth

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Title
Postcards from the trenches - negotiating the space between modernism and the First World War
Author
Allyson Booth
format
Hardback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19970123

Booth offers a complex portrait of the relation between British Great War culture and modernist writings. She notes that unlike civilians, modernist writers and combatants shared a concern with the divide between language and experience, and draws connections between the sensibility of the modernist writer and the soldier, particularly regarding efforts to describe dying and the dead.
Her analysis extends to memorials, posters, and architecture of the Great War,though her emphasis is on literary works by Robert Graves, E.M. Forster, Vera Brittain, and others.

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This is some of the most interesting interdisciplinary work on World War One-or on any subject, for that matter-that I have seen. It is an important `sequel' to Fussell's still influential Great War and Modern Memory, except that Booth's book, which is on modernist memory, sheds much more light on the particularities of modernism. Throughout, this book offers stunning readings of individual texts or moments.
Susan Schweik, University of California, Berkeley

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
English literature - 20th century - History and criticism.|World War, 1914-1918 - Great Britain - Literature and the war.|War stories, English - History and criticism.|War poetry, English - History and criticism.|Modernism (Literature) - Great Britain.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
186

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