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Critical Insights: War
Editor: Alex Vernon, Hendrix College,
   Little Rock, AR


ISBN: 978-1-42983-740-8
Print List Price: $85


e-ISBN: 978-1-4298-3788-0 
eBook Single User Price: $85

October 2012 · 1 volume · 325 pages · 6"x9"

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Critical Insights
War
Great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

From the Iliad and Shakespeare to documentary films about the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan in the first decade of the 21st century, this volume, though it can only sample from the vast body of war-related literature and film, provides both an introduction and an intriguing cross-section of the field. In the words of the volumes' editor, "For most war writers, it is the person who hasn't witnessed war with whom they most desperately want to speak."

Edited by Alex Vernon, Associate Professor of English at Hendrix College and author and editor of several volumes of war-related nonfiction and literary criticism, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the perennial theme. For readers who are studying it for the first time, a four essays survey the critical conversation regarding the theme, explore its cultural and historical contexts, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts in the genre. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the theme can then move on to other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical approaches. Works discussed include Henry V; captivity narratives from Colonial America to Vietnam to modern-day Afghanistan; poetry from the Civil War and World War I; Holocaust literature; and selections from war journalism, women's writings on war, veterans' memoirs, and soldiers' letters home. With sources ranging from the usual suspects (Hemingway, Vonnegut and O'Brien) to writers not as commonly associated with war literature such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Flannery O'Connor, and a host of modern science fiction writers, the volume provides a unique viewpoint on just how deeply the specter of war has imbedded itself in the consciousness and artistic expressions of human beings.

Rounding out the volume are a list of literary works not mentioned in the book that concern the theme of war and as well as a bibliography of critical sources for readers seeking to study this timeless theme in greater depth.

Critical Insights Titles Supporting This Theme

Critical Insights:
ERNEST HEMINGWAY


One volume, 320 pages
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Hemingway uses war as a backdrop for many of his classic, anti-heroic works, offering a compelling if sometimes ambiguous view of the horrible impact of conflict. Here, all his key works are closely considered, including Hemingway's most widely read and anthologized short stories. Essays lend context to Hemingway's life and accomplishments with their examinations of World War I and the Spanish Civil War.
Critical Insights:
FLANNERY O'CONNOR


One volume, 360 pages
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Flannery O'Connor explores the harrowing effects of war and its aftermath in her works, particularly in Wise Blood. Original essays discuss the religious context of such stories as "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Good Country People". Other essays explore O'Connor's use of humor in the story "Temple of the Holy Ghost" as well as her two short novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear it Away.
Critical Insights:
T. S. ELIOT


One volume, 360 pages
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The famed poet explores the battered, disorderly, and hollow landscape of a post-World War I Europe in his classic works. Essay selections offer detailed analyses of Eliot's most important works. These essays examine Eliot's poetry and critical writings through the lens of his relations to romanticism and modernism; analyze the psychic dramas contained in his early and unpublished poems; investigate the biographical details informing Eliot's work; and assess the Eliot canon and his contributions to poststructuralism.
Critical Insights:
SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE


One volume, 352 pages
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Published at the height of the Vietnam War protests, Slaughterhouse-Five seized the imaginations of thousands of young people and made Vonnegut into an overnight sensation. Now, more than forty years after its publication, scholars are only beginning to assess Vonnegut's unique achievement with this stoic yet compassionate treatment of what remains one of the most deadly military strikes in European history.
Critical Insights:
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE


One volume, 352 pages
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The Red Badge of Courage was a sensation when it was first published in 1894. More vivid, unflinching, and artistically and philosophically complex than any prior war novel, it made its author, Stephen Crane, an overnight international celebrity. Readers were gripped by Crane's lucid descriptions of warfare and of the vacillating mind of his young, untested soldier, Henry Fleming.
Critical Insights:
ALL QUIET
ON THE WESTERN FRONT


One volume, 352 pages
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"Finally, the truth about war," reviewers proclaimed when All Quiet on the Western Front was published in 1928, ten years after World War I had ended. Shockingly direct, it painted a decidedly unromantic portrait of the war in which Remarque had briefly fought and quickly became an international sensation. And today, even after eighty years and after tens of millions of soldiers have died in wars, readers keep turning to the novel for answers.


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