Modernism and War

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Nanette Norris/ Royal Military College Saint-Jean

An edited volume, Modernism and War, seeks to explore the conjunction between literary modernism and war: wartime identity, nationalism, anxiety, tradition, nostalgia, beauty, renewal. Essays might consider the appropriation of nationalist identity made popular by W.B. Yeats, the scathing cries for social justice penned by Pound in his Cantos, or, on a personal level, the destabilization of identity found in Eliot's Prufrock. In terms of identity, scholars might explore David Jones' prose poem In Parenthesis as an application of Modernist poetics to the unification of wartime identity with what comes after (nationally or locally). As a whole, the volume seeks to describe the specific relationship between Modernist poetics and social/political developments, as well as to pinpoint the extent to which the Modernists harnessed the growing sense of the fragmentation of the national and personal narrative to opportunely express new visions as well as to reflect wartime trauma. As we approach the centennial of WWI, this volume will draw together rigorous and explorative scholarship to cast fresh eyes on the Modernist imaginative agency.

Abstracts by January 15, 2013; essays to be completed by August 30, 2013.