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War and Words : Horror and Heroism in the Literature of Warfare - Professor Sara Munson Deats

War and Words

Horror and Heroism in the Literature of Warfare

By: Professor Sara Munson Deats (Editor), Lagretta Lenker (Editor), Merry G. Perry (Editor), Rosalie Murphy Baum (Contribution by), R. Bruce Bickley (Contribution by)

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War and Words is a sweeping study of the profound, painful, and most significantly, defining cultural moments. Working from Homer through to Hemingway and in all traditions, some of the nation's best scholars of literature illustrate how literature and language affect not only the present but also future generations by shaping history even as they represent it. This powerful collection affirms that the humanities remain a site of the most profound reflection on human experience and historical events that have, for better and worse, shaped world civilization. War and Words offers students of literature critical tools for reading literary explorations of ambivalence toward war and provides teachers of literature a suggested syllabus for a course that has become all too necessary in a time when all our lives are touched by war.

This scrupulously gathered collection of essays pursues a striking concept. . . . How does literary genius, from Homer to Shakespeare to Tolstoi and Yeats, manage to lift the horror of war, savagery, and repression into the realm of tragic greatness? The editors have given us much to think out, in the classroom and in our private studies. -- David Bevington, University of Chicago
Highly Recommended. * CHOICE *
An insightful an dthought provoking study, and should be read by anyone interested in the literature of war and how western society views this important and destructive institution. * H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online *

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: War and Wordsp. 1
Arms and the Man: Voices from the Center
Stories of War and Peace: Sacred, Secular, and Holyp. 19
The Chalice and the Blade: Engendering War in Classical Literaturep. 43
Violence, Terrorism, and War in Marlowe's Tamburlaine Playsp. 65
Henry V at War: Christian King or Model Machiavelp. 83
"Born for Opposition": Lord Byron's Irresistible Tug-of-Warp. 103
"Civilized Barbarity": Melville and the Dark Paradoxes of Waging Modern Warp. 125
Editha's War: "How Glorious!"p. 145
Make War on War: A Shavian Conundrump. 165
Words, War, and Peace: The Nature of Orwell's Pacifismp. 187
Understanding Hemingway's Multiple Voices of War: A Rhetorical Studyp. 197
Arms and the Other: Voices from the Margins
"Seule la culture desinteressee": Virginia Woolf, Gender, and Culture in Time of Warp. 215
Propaganda, Militarism, and the Home Front in Helen Zenna Smith's Not So Quiet... Stepdaughters of Warp. 235
Who's Speaking? What Are They Saying? Women, Words, and Warp. 253
War of Words: War "with" and "against" in African American Literaturep. 279
Epilogue: Marlowe in tempore bellip. 295
Comprehensive Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 335
About the Contributorsp. 349
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ISBN: 9780739105795
ISBN-10: 0739105795
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 16.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.73