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British and French Writers of the First World War : Comparative Studies in Cultural History - Frank Field

British and French Writers of the First World War

Comparative Studies in Cultural History

Hardcover Published: 25th January 1991
ISBN: 9780521392778
Number Of Pages: 296

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The First World War dealt a profound shock to European society. In this original and stimulating book, the historian Frank Field looks at the experiences of France and Britain during the war years as revealed in the work of some of their most prominent writers responding to the unfolding catastrophe. Brooke, Wells, Shaw, Kipling, Lawrence, Owen and Rosenberg are set alongside Jaures, Barres, Maurras, Peguy, Psichari and Rolland, as case studies of the war's impact on intellectual life in their respective countries. The comparative perspective reveals deep differences between the French and the British experience, and yet a shared ordeal marked by the terrible ironies attendant on the shattering of common ideals. Literary images of war as a purification rite were effaced by the bloody realities of the conflict and the prophecies of writers who came to feel increasingly distanced from the essential innocence of the world before 1914 took on a new tone, grimly apocalyptic or bitterly disillusioned. This challenging study, crossing boundaries in an interdisciplinary spirit, produces a fertile conjunction of insights into the impact of the First World War on modern intellectual and literary history.

Introduction
Notre Patrie
the fight against war
the defence of France
the call of arms
For ever England
the soldier
prophecy and hearbreak
stoicism and empire
The Decline of the West
above the battle
nightmare and escape
anthems for doomed youth
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521392778
ISBN-10: 0521392772
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 25th January 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.53