Old Lies Revisited : Young Readers and the Literature of War and Violence
"Old Lies Revisited" looks at the way in which various aspects of war, from trench warfare in 1916 to the nuclear threat in the years since 1945, are depicted in literature. Whithead aims to show how the cult of machismo is perpetuated in societies throughout the world, how a strong "macho" protagonist is central to many story lines and how toughness, as a male virtue, fosters violence. He also discusses books concerned with various forms of protest against war, and the role of women in both war and peace.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 138 x 216mm | 420g
- 04 Feb 1991
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- bibliography, index
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Table of contents
A tough nut to crack; a dream of horses; mud, blood, but not much glory; from the horses mouth; the war machine; a civilians war; the final solution; Hiroshima and after; fighting back and the challenge of conscience; anti-nuclear; what kind of future?; a world of violence; legitimizing violence; cautionary tales; no end to war; women and war; the poetry of war.