Modern Nostalgia: Siegfried Sassoon, Trauma and the Second World War

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Edinburgh University Press, Jul 4, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 168 pages
This book explores Siegfried Sassoon's writing of the twenties, thirties and forties, demonstrating the connections between trauma and nostalgia in a culture saturated with the anxieties of war.Informed by the texts of Freud, W.H.R. Rivers and other psychological writers of the early twentieth century, as well as contemporary theorists of nostalgia and trauma, this book examines the pathology of nostalgia conveyed in Sassoon's unpublished poems, letters and journals, together with his published work. It situates his ongoing anxiety about 'Englishness', modernity, and his relation to modernist aesthetics, within the context of other literary responses to the legacy of war, and the threat of war's return, by writers including Edmund Blunden, Robert Graves and T. E. Lawrence.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Space Between the Wars
18
2 Rivers Myers and the Culture of War Neuroses
28
The Challenge of Autognosis in the Interwar Years
54
Ghosts and Spirits in Sassoons Patriotic Verse of the Second World War
82
Nostalgia and Sassoons Personal Poems 19405
97
Sassoon 193642
112
Sassoons Autobiography and the Modern Subject
127
Conclusion
147
Index
157
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