The New Death: American Modernism and World War I

The New Death: American Modernism and World War I

By: Pearl James (author)Hardback

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Adopting the term ""new death,"" which was used to describe the unprecedented and horrific scale of death caused by the First World War, Pearl James uncovers several touchstones of American modernism that refer to and narrate traumatic death. The sense of paradox was pervasive: death was both sanctified and denied; notions of heroism were both essential and far-fetched; and civilians had opportunities to hear about the ugliness of death at the front but often preferred not to. By historicising and analysing the work of such writers as Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner, the author shows how their novels reveal, conceal, refigure, and aestheticise the violent death of young men in the aftermath of the war. These writers, James argues, have much to say about how the First World War changed death's cultural meaning.

About Author

Pearl James, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, USA is editor of Picture This: World War I Posters and Visual Culture.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813934075
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780813934075
  • ISBN10: 0813934079

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