The Great War and Modern Memory

The Great War and Modern Memory

4.19 (4,045 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

The year 2000 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most original and gripping volumes ever written about the First World War. Fussell illuminates a war that changed a generation and revolutionised the way we see the world. He explores the British experience on the western Front from 1914 to 1918, focusing on the various literary means by which it has been remembered, conventionalized and mythologized. It is also about the literary dimensions of the experience itself. Fussell supplies contexts, both actual and literary, for writers who have most effectively memorialized the Great War as an historical experience with conspicuous imaginative and artistic meaning. These writers include the classic memoirists Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Edmund Blunden, and poets David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen. In his new introduction Fussell discusses the critical responses to his work, the authors and works that inspired his own writing, and the elements which influence our understanding and memory of war. Fussell also shares the stirring experience of his research at the Imperial War Museum's Department of Documents. Fussell includes a new Suggested Further Reading List.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 35.56mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 25th Anniversary ed.
  • 0195133315
  • 9780195133318
  • 713,221

Review quote

"One of the best nonfiction works I've ever read. I'm a huge fan of virtually everything Fussell has ever done, but this unique book, which uses literature and social history to examine World War I, may be his best. Unflinching."--James Gray, he Week"Literary and historical materials, in themselves not unfamiliar, are brought together in a probing, sympathetic, and finally illuminating fashion. It is difficult to think of a scholarly work in recent years that has more deeply engaged the reader at both the intellectual and emotional level."--The New Republic (on the previous edition)show more

About Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell holds the Donald T Regan Chair of English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. His other books include Wartime and Abroad.show more

Table of contents

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 Memoryshow more

Rating details

4,045 ratings
4.19 out of 5 stars
5 48% (1,932)
4 31% (1,266)
3 16% (630)
2 4% (155)
1 2% (62)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X