Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Randall Stevenson's Literature and the Great War 1914 - 1918.















Catching up on my reading, I have finally got round to the TLS for 8th November.

It contains a review by Kate McLoughlin of Randall Stevenson's Literature and the Great War 1914 - 1918.

Many interesting ideas.

For instance, the poetry of the Great War is unreliable because it was mainly written by the officer class and so does not represent the feelings of the ordinary combatants (however much it might be approved of by modern lefty intellectuals).

"Combat gnosticism" is the "secret knowledge possessed only by an initiated elite".

Modernism did not result directly from the experiences of the Great War.  Indeed it could not have done since most of the proponents of modernism were not combatants (James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf etc).  Rather it was a revolution that used the dislocation of the Great War to launch a cultural coup.

No comments: