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The First World WarLiterature, Culture, Modernity$
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Santanu Das and Kate McLoughlin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266267

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266267.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The First World War

Santanu Das

Kate McLoughlin

British Academy

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.

Keywords:   First World War, literature, culture, modernity, intensity, cosmopolitanism

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