Camb Comp Literature 1st World War (Cambridge Companions to Literature) Paperback – 21 Aug 2008
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'With its up-to-date scholarship, this book would be a very useful acquisition for serious research into the literature of the period, for undergraduate level-students and beyond.' Reference Reviews
'This outstanding volume is a welcome corrective to tired truisms surrounding Great War history, culture, and literature. Vincent Sherry's introduction argues for a literary history more attuned to the Zeitgeist of the war's early days … Sherry and his collaborators graciously acknowledge the primacy of these tropes in our cultural memory but also demonstrate new ways of reading and teaching literary representations of the Great War.' Yearbook of English Studies
This Companion offers critical overviews of the major literary genres and social contexts that define the study of the literatures produced by the First World War. It examines the impact of the war on various national literatures and concludes by addressing the legacy of the war for twentieth-century literature.See all Product description
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31 May 2009
Probably I expected too much, but this Companion to WWI literature was a disappointment. One thinks that what comes from Cambridge is always top quality scholarship, but this reads more as a sometime shallow textbook for undergraduate courses. Most of it is stuff that could be already find on the books by the classic critics of W.W.I lit, such as Bergonzi or Fussell; some of the contributions seems to have been written by people who were not knowledgeable with this topic. Another weak point of the Companion is that it fails in tackling the phenomenon of Great War literature as a Euro-American phenomenon: its perspective is absolutely Anglo-centric, and this weakens the intellectual impact of the book. But I might be wrong in expecting too much, and this collection of essays is no more than a didactic instrument aimed at not-very-bright undergrad students.