CFP: The First World War and Popular Culture (6/1/06; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
S J Gillis

Building on the success of the international First World War and Popular Culture conference (University of Newcastle, 2006), we are seeking submissions for contributions to the several publications emerging from the debates at this event. Conference delegates are already submitting revised abstracts - we now welcome submissions from those unable to join us.

J.M. Winter, in The Great War and British People (1985), claimed that no study of the First World War would be complete that failed to take into account the literary legacy of the war. This legacy, particularly the works of the soldier poets, has shaped the memory of the war over the past nine decades. In recent years, academic discussion of the literary culture of the First World War has expanded to include not only such poets and novelists writing during the war, but also other more popular cultural forms created both during the war and in the years since. From trench journals to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from Dorothy L. Sayers to Blackadder, from Sebastian Faulks to Aces High, Anglophone culture has responded to the war in a variety of ways which have become sources for both historians and cultural critics interested in the study of the war and its aftermath. We are interested in any abstract which addresses our understandings of the First World War and its afterli!
 fe in our cultural imagination.

Potential subjects for discussion include, but are by no means limited to:
* Histories of reception
* Visual cultures
* Cultural responses to the war
* Depicting race and gender
* Literary publishing
* The war on television
* Politics of popular culture
* Genre fiction
* Children s cultural forms
* Satire and irony
* Epic film
* War as crisis of modernity
* The persistence of myth
* Representing the trench
* Uses of the Tommy
* Violence, war and games
* The documentary
* Memorialisation
* Paul Fussell
* Pedagogy and war poetry
* Forgotten aspects of the war
* The Web and the war
* The homefront
* Museology

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Please ensure that a title, your name, affiliation and email address are included with your abstract.

Abstracts are to submitted to Stacy Gillis ( by June 1st, 2006.

Dr Stacy Gillis
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature
School of English
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)191 222 7360
F: +44 (0)191 222 8708

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