C. Buck, "Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing"

C. Buck, "Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing"

C. Buck, "Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing"
Palgrave | 2015 | ISBN: 1349501050 | English | PDF | 260 pages | 5.2 Mb

This book reframes British First World War literature within Britain's history as an imperial nation. Rereading canonical war writers Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden, alongside war writing by Enid Bagnold, E. M. Forster, Mulk Raj Anand, Roly Grimshaw and others, the book makes clear that the Great War was more than a European war.


"Buck's book begins with the commonsensical position that most English WW I writing has focused on the English perspective on the Western front or the home front, and in so doing has offered a narrow perspective that elides the war's global dimension. ... Summing Up: Recommended. ... Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (G. Grieve-Carlson, Choice, Vol. 53 (6), February, 2016)

"In Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing, Claire Buck finds that how wartime and postwar writers saw Britain as an imperial nation determined in large part how they thought of World War I. ... The author therefore offers us a valuable and often neglected perspective, which is worthy of consideration in a class about World War I or when writing about that massive conflict." (Stephen E. Tabachnick, English Literature in Transition, Vol. 59 (1), January, 2016)

About the Author

Claire Buck teaches English at Wheaton College, in Massachusetts, USA. She is the author of H.D. and Freud: Bisexuality and a Feminine Discourse (1991) and editor of The Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature (1992), as well as numerous articles on Modernism, women's war poetry, and the First World War.

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