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Postcards from the Trenches: Negotiating the Space between Modernism and the First World War

 
 
 
 
Postcards from the Trenches: Negotiating the Space between Modernism and the First World War
Author: Allyson Booth
ISBN 13: 9780195102116
ISBN 10: 195102118
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1996-11-07
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 200
List Price: $130.00
 
 

The unprecedented magnitude of death during World War I forever altered how people perceived their world and how they represented those perceptions. In Postcards from the Trenches, Allyson Booth traces the complex relationship between British Great War culture and modernist writings. She shows that, through the experience of the Great War, both civilian and combatant modernist writers found that language could no longer represent experience. She goes on to identify and contextualize several of the resulting modernist tropes: she links the dissolving modernist self to soldiers' familiarity with corpses, the modernist mistrust of factuality to the apparent inaccessibility of facts regarding the "rape of Belgium," and the modernist interest in multiple viewpoints to the singularity of perspective with which generals studied battlefield maps. Though her emphasis is on literary works by Robert Graves, E.M. Forster, and Vera Brittain, among others, Booth's analysis extends to memorials, posters, and architecture of the Great War. This interdisciplinary quality of Booth's study results in a much deeper understanding of how the Great War affected cultural representations and how that culture represented the War.