Thirty-seven chapters, written by leading literary critics from across the world, describe the latest thinking about twentieth-century war poetry. The book maps both the uniqueness of each war and the continuities between poets of different wars, while the interconnections between the literatures of war and peacetime, and between combatant and civilian poets, are fully considered. The focus is on Britain and Ireland, but links are drawn with the poetry of the United States and continental Europe. The Oxford Handbook feeds a growing interest in war poetry and offers, in toto, a definitive survey of the terrain. It is intended for a broad audience, made up of specialists and also graduates and undergraduates, and is an essential resource for both scholars of particular poets and for those interested in wider debates about modern poetry. This scholarly and readable assessment of the field will provide an important point of reference for decades to come.
Tim Kendall was born in Plymouth in 1970. After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, he studied for a D.Phil on Northern Irish poetry, then held posts in Oxford, Newcastle and Bristol. He joined Exeter as Professor of English Literature in 2006, and became Head of Department in 2009.
His principal area of research is twentieth-century poetry, on which he has published a number of monographs. His latest book is Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology (Oxford University Press, October 2013), and he will be presenting an hour-long documentary for BBC 4 to be broadcast in 2014 titled Ivor Gurney: The Poet Who Loved the War.