This volume explores how literature, culture and the First World War coalesce in a putative modernity. The first part, ‘Unfathomable’, contains essays which focus on the incommunicable and immeasurable nature of the war which is symptomatic of a post-Enlightenment phase of modernity. The essays in Part 2, ‘Scoping the war’, discuss the ways in which writers and film-makers dealt with different kinds of intensity produced by the war; the last ponders the political consequences of maximal experience. In Part 3, ‘Cosmopolitan sympathies’, the essays uncover hidden histories of the war, tracing international connections across genres and media.
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