Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature by Santanu DasTouch and Intimacy in First World War Literature by Santanu Das

Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature

bySantanu Das

Paperback | June 19, 2008

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War writing is haunted by experiences of physical contact: from the muddy realities of the front to the emotional intensity of trench life. Through extensive archival and historical research, analyzing previously unknown letters and diaries alongside literary writings by figures such as Owen and Brittain, Santanu Das recovers the sensuous world of the First World War trenches and hospitals. This original and evocative study alters our understanding of the period as well as of the body at war, and illuminates the perilous intimacy between sense experience, emotion and language as we try to make meaning in times of crisis.
Title:Touch and Intimacy in First World War LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:June 19, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521066875

ISBN - 13:9780521066877


Table of Contents

Introduction: 'Touch is the spirit and rule of all'; Part I. Mud: 1. 'A real monster that sucked': the threat of mud in First World War literature; 2. Muddy narratives; Part II. Intimacies: 3. 'Kiss me, Hardy': the dying kiss in the First World War trenches; 4. Wilfred Owen and the sense of touch; Part III. Wounds: 5. 'Deep into his body': service, sympathy and suffering in the nurses' memoirs; 6. The operating theatre; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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2007 Outstanding Academic Title -- Choice Magazine