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

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAllyson Booth

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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 showsthat, through the experience of the Great War, both civilian and combatant modernist writers found that language could no longer represent experience.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' familiaritywith 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 byRobert 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 thatculture represented the War.

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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 showsthat, through the experience of the Great W...

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In Postcards from the Trenches, Allyson Booth traces the complex relationship between British Great War culture and modernist literature and architecture. By drawing on a wide range of materials and attending to the places where they overlap, Booth uncovers ways in which modernism is deeply embedded in a broader Great War culture. She ...

Allyson Booth is at U.S. Naval Academy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195102118

ISBN - 13:9780195102116

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"Booth's book is compelling...Her arguments are complex and convincing....Postcards from the Trenches will stand as a major contribution to the field."--International Review of Modernism