British and French Writers of the First World War : Comparative Studies in Cultural History

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British and French Writers of the First World War : Comparative Studies in Cultural History

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521392778
  • DDC分類 820.9358

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The First World War dealt a profound shock to European society. In this original and stimulating book, the historian Frank Field looks at the experiences of France and Britain during the war years as revealed in the work of some of their most prominent writers responding to the unfolding catastrophe. Brooke, Wells, Shaw, Kipling, Lawrence, Owen and Rosenberg are set alongside Jaures, Barres, Maurras, Peguy, Psichari and Rolland, as case studies of the war's impact on intellectual life in their respective countries. The comparative perspective reveals deep differences between the French and the British experience, and yet a shared ordeal marked by the terrible ironies attendant on the shattering of common ideals. Literary images of war as a purification rite were effaced by the bloody realities of the conflict and the prophecies of writers who came to feel increasingly distanced from the essential innocence of the world before 1914 took on a new tone, grimly apocalyptic or bitterly disillusioned.

Table of Contents

Part I. Notre Patrie: 1. Jean Jaurè
s: the fight against war
2. Maurice Barrè
s, Charles Maurras, Charles Pé
guy: the defence of France
3. Ernest Psichari: the call of arms
Part II. For ever England: 4. Rupert Brooke:
the soldier
5. H. G. Wells, Bernard Shaw: prophecy and
6. Rudyard Kipling: stoicism and empire
Part III. The Decline of the West: 7. Romain
Rolland: above the battle
8. D. H. Lawrence: nightmare and escape
9. Isaac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen: anthems for
doomed youth