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Merchants of hope : British Middlebr - Rosa Maria Bracco

Merchants of hope

British Middlebr

Hardcover Published: 8th April 1993
ISBN: 9780854967063
Number Of Pages: 210

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This study examines fictional recreations of the First World War in the interwar years and the phenomenal success of one play, Sheriff's Journey's End. The author challenges the notion of a 'modern' memory generated by the First World War by arguing that middlebrow texts formulated a set of images and ideas that eclipsed the wartime upheaval and imputed conservative 'meanings' to the collective memory.

'She shows an extensive knowledge of novels in her field and discusses intelligently attempts by writers of limited talent to extract some meaning from experiences of previously unequalled horror.' Review of English Studies 'Rosa Bracco's book is an investigation into what a reading of minor British writers of fiction dealing with the First World War can tell us about "the English memory of the Great War". [...] Bracco's book is based on thorough research and offers interesting insights.' AUMLA 'Rosa Maria Bracco has performed a valuable service for those engaged with the literary history of the 1920s and 1930s. (...) She...has porduced an informative and highly readable survey." The Year's Work in English Studies The Year's Work in English Studies "(a) fascinating study...the chapter on R.C.Sheriff's Journey End...is a penetrating and insightful analysis of the ambiguities inherent in this influential play." Canadian Military History

Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Irony, Modernism and Tradition: Modes of Interpretationp. 1
The Middlebrow Novelp. 10
The Accountability of Imaginationp. 22
The Invisible Hand of The Causep. 64
'Standards are Different Here': War Recasts Identityp. 88
The Quest for Continuityp. 124
The Theatre of War: Journey's Endp. 145
Conclusionp. 196
Summaryp. 196
The Centre Can Holdp. 199
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780854967063
ISBN-10: 0854967060
Series: The Legacy of the Great War
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 8th April 1993
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1