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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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Dissent and the Literature of the First World War

Dissent and the Literature of the First World War

Wyndham Lewis and Henry Williamson

(p.154) 8 Dissent and the Literature of the First World War
The First World War

Mark Rawlinson

British Academy

This essay assesses the after-life of early twentieth-century literary protest against war, and its surprisingly ambiguous relationship to bellicose values. The writings of Henry Williamson and Percy Wyndham Lewis are used to open up the consequences of attributing political and moral meanings to combatant experience. The visibility of these motifs in heterodox, ideologically-suspect writing draws attention to the way ambivalent symbols of war function in literary and commemorative culture more generally.

Keywords:   war writing, literary protest, commemoration, combatant, Henry Williamson, Wyndham Lewis

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