Great War and Modern Memory

ISBN-10: 0199971951
ISBN-13: 9780199971954
Edition: 2nd 2013
Authors: Paul Fussell
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Description: First published in 1975,The Great War and Modern Memoryis a monumental study of World War I and the disillusioned modernist sensibility it helped to create. Winner of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and named by the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

First published in 1975,The Great War and Modern Memoryis a monumental study of World War I and the disillusioned modernist sensibility it helped to create. Winner of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and named by the Modern Library as one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books, this landmark work explores the trauma and tragedy of modern warfare in revelatory ways. Considering the work of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen, Fussell supplies contexts, both actual and literary, for those writers who most effectively memorialized WWI as an historical experience with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning. Fussell grounds literary texts not in free-floating theory but in the mud of World War I, and shows how these poems, diaries, novels, and letters reflected the massive change-- in every respect, including language itself-- brought about by the cataclysm of the Great War. For generations of readers, this work has represented and embodied a model of accessible scholarship, huge ambition, hard-minded research, and haunting detail.Restored and updated, this new edition includes an Introduction by historian Jay Winter that takes into account the legacy and literary career of Fussell, who died in May 2012.

Paul Fussell Jr. was born in Pasadena, California on March 22, 1924. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 while attending Pomona College. During his tour of duty, he won the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He returned to college in 1945. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Pomona College in 1947 and a master's degree and a doctorate in English from Harvard University. He taught English at Connecticut College for Women, Rutgers University, and the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he wrote several books on literary topics including The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism: Ethics and Imagery from Swift to Burke, Poetic Meter and Poetic Form, and Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing. In 1975, he published The Great War and Modern Memory, which was a study of World War I and how its horrors fostered a disillusioned modernist sensibility. This book won both the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the National Book Award for Arts and Letters. His other works include Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars, Class: A Guide Through the American Status System, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War, BAD: Or, the Dumbing of America, and Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic. He died of natural causes on May 23, 2012 at the age of 88.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Preface to the Original Edition
Credits
A Satire of Circumstance
The Troglodyte World
Adversary Proceedings
Myth, Ritual, and Romance
Oh What a Literary War
Theater of War
Arcadian Recourses
Soldier Boys
Persistence and Memory
Afterword
Notes
Index

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