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Author Krockel, Carl.

Title War trauma and English modernism : T.S. Eliot and D.H. Lawrence / Carl Krockel
Published Basingstoke, Houndmills Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 241 pages)
Contents Acknowledgements -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction -- Modernism in Crisis: The Rainbow -- Testimony before Trauma: Eliot's Poetry up to 1915 -- Testimony as History: The First 'Women in Love' -- Eliot's War Poetry: Hysteria to The Waste Land -- Working Through: Lawrence 1918 to 1930 -- Trauma Transfigured: The Hollow Men to Little Gidding -- Conclusion: The Legacy of War on the Legacy of Modernism -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary This book reads English Modernist literature as testimony to trauma of the First and Second World Wars. Focusing upon T.S. Eliot and D.H. Lawrence, it examines the impact of war down to the intimate details of their lives, and their strategies to resist it through literary innovation. Following the Modernist tradition rooted in Baudelaire, Eliot's poetry developed as a reaction to the modernity of industrial civilisation, to that of industrial warfare in the 'Sweeney' poems, 'Gerontion' and The Waste Land. Meanwhile, Lawrence redrafted The Rainbow as a riposte to the First World War then in The First "Women in Love" represented its devastation of Europe, and himself. He spent the last decade of his life both acting out and working through the violence of the war, to suggest an alternative to its impending recurrence. From 'The Hollow Men' to Little Gidding Eliot's poetry reached towards a climax of confrontation and disavowal regarding the cost of the First World War, and its successor. This study shifts between disciplinary boundaries of history, biography, criticism and culture: from the traumatic imprint of historical events upon the artist's act of writing, to the interpretation of this writing by a community which remains unable to articulate the original shock of these events. It draws upon archives in Britain and the USA, and the most recent authorised editions of Lawrence and Eliot's writings, to provide a wealth of new critical interpretations for both students and specialists
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Psychic trauma in literature.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Literature and the war.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230291570 (Cloth)
0230307752 (electronic bk.)
9780230291577 (Cloth)
9780230307759 (electronic bk.)