The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The literature of World War II has emerged as an accomplished, moving, and challenging body of work, produced by writers as different as Norman Mailer and Virginia Woolf, Primo Levi and Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and W. H. Auden. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the international literatures of the war: both those works that recorded or reflected experiences of the war as it happened, and those that tried to make sense of it afterwards. It surveys the writing produced in the major combatant nations (Britain and the Commonwealth, the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and the USSR), and explores its common themes. With its chronology and guide to further reading, it will be an invaluable source of information and inspiration for students and scholars of modern literature and war studies.

Table of Contents

Anglo-American Texts and Contexts
War poetry in Britain Adam Piette
British fiction of the war Rod Mengham
War poetry in the USA Margot Norris
The American war novel James Dawes
War journalism in English Leo Mellor
Global Perspectives
The French war Debarati Sanyal
The German war Dagmar Barnouw
The Soviet war Katharine Hodgson
The Italian war Robert S. C. Gordon
The Japanese war Reiko Tachibana
War writing in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Donna Coates
Approaches and Revisions
Women writers and the war Gill Plain
Life writing and the Holocaust Phyllis Lassner
Theories of trauma Lyndsey Stonebridge
The war in contemporary fiction Petra Rau
Guide to further reading
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