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The First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity

Santanu Das and Kate McLoughlin


Literary and cultural-historical debate about the First World War has focused on whether the conflict inaugurated a new modernity (in Paul Fussell’s terms, a specifically ironic consciousness) or whether it revealed deep continuities, particularly in the area of memorialization. The debate can productively be widened by expanding the scope of critical attention to include, not only English trench poetry, but also the creative production of women, non-combatants, civilians, and writers and artists from Europe and the then British Empire. This enlarged canon, which in this book ranges from the B ... More

Keywords: First World War, modernism, modernity, shellshock, cosmopolitanism, sacrifice, nurses, aerial bombing, dissent, civilian writing, unfathomable, intensity, literature, cinema, art, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266267
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Santanu Das, editor
Reader in English Literature, King's College London

Kate McLoughlin, editor
Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford

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