The Great War and Postmodern Memory: The First World War in Late 20 th -Century British Fiction (1985-2000) by Virginie RenardThe Great War and Postmodern Memory: The First World War in Late 20 th -Century British Fiction (1985-2000) by Virginie Renard

The Great War and Postmodern Memory: The First World War in Late 20 th -Century British Fiction…

byVirginie Renard

Paperback | November 6, 2013

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The end of the twentieth century was marked in Britain by a renewal of academic and public interest in the Great War, which remains one of the most defining historical events in British national consciousness.
Focusing on questions of memory, this book examines some of the First World War narratives that were published during what has been called the late twentieth-century «war books boom». It provides a panoramic overview of these new war stories and offers close readings of texts written not only by best-selling authors such as Pat Barker and Sebastian Faulks, but also by less well-known writers who deserve greater academic attention, such as Robert Edric and Helen Dunmore.
It investigates military historians’ claims about the lack of historical perspective of recent Great War writers, their perpetuation of «myths» and their inability to move beyond what has already been imagined and said. Positioned at a mid-point between literary analysis and history, this study challenges monolithic views of the war and creates a dialogue rather than a confrontation between the two disciplines.
It shows how the selected narratives engage both with the writings of the trench poets and the preoccupations of their postmodern world in order to offer alternative perspectives on the war, exploring in the process complex issues regarding, among other things, the ethics of historical representation, traumatic memory, the politics of memory, and the significance of remembrance for later generations.
Virginie Renard received her PhD in Literature from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 2009. She has published several articles on First World War fiction in English and French. She now teaches at the Haute École Charlemagne in Liège (Belgium).
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Title:The Great War and Postmodern Memory: The First World War in Late 20 th -Century British Fiction…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:November 6, 2013Publisher:P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques InternationalesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:2875741004

ISBN - 13:9782875741004

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Table of Contents

Content: Setting the Framework. Memory, History, Fiction – The Story of a Myth – Older and Newer Stories of the Great War – Dialogue with the Poetic Forefathers – Re-imagining the Great War in the Age of Trauma – Memory Politics and Practices of Trauma in Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy – The Trauma of Loss in Robert Edric’s In Desolate Heaven – Transgenerational Haunting in Pat Barker’s Another World – Metaphors of Remembrance – Sites of Memory.

Editorial Reviews

«This book succeeds triumphantly in its task. It offers a brilliant overview of this vital and contested field, together with an insightful and generous reading of the selected literary texts.»
(Toby Thacker, First World War Studies, Volume 7 Issue 2/2016)