The Great War and Modern Memory
The year 2000 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of The Great War and Modern Memory, winner of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and recently named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books. Fussell's landmark study of WWI remains as original and gripping today as ever before: a literat...more
‘Irony’ is ...more
In this landmark text from 1975, Fussell (an American scholar and veteran) looks at a selection of writings from certain soldier-authors on the Western Front and examines the implications of same when it comes to how the war should best be understood. It's difficult to express how influential this book has been, or how widely it has been hailed since its publica ...more
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for conveying the vast and complex reality of WWI . Perhaps Fussell's idiosyn ...more
It has been pointed out by some that this book is now out of date and Fussel ...more
himself during a two-hour class meeting of only three people.
My professor and Fussell were old friends, and both were
extraordinary as teachers. It was an intense, fascinating
experience, and I have treasured this fine book ever since,
Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory (1975) is a tour de force and more than a tour de force. It could easily be the single book assigned for a semester-long graduate seminar focusing on how Great Britain’s literary culture helped shape contemporary understanding of World War I–casting it in romantic, pastoral, theatrical and homoerotic terms–and how World War I returned the favor by shaping the western world’s literature thereafter.
The unspeakable folly ...more
I'm so glad I took the time to read the entirety of t ...more
[Rushdoony] When was it written?
[Scott] Well, part... 1975.
[Rushdoony] I... I must have read ...more
Each chapter draws on a central theme found throughout the war poetry; the binary oppositions of 'us' and 'them', the troglodyte horrors of the trenches, the comparison of the war to theatre, the homoeroticism of soldie ...more