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Palgrave Studies in Life Writing

Memories from the Frontline

Memoirs and Meanings of The Great War from Britain, France and Germany

Authors: Palmer, Jerry

  • Offers an understanding of a group of texts that have been relatively little subjected to literary analysis
  • Examines the forms of composition of the books – their ‘textual strategies’ – in relationship to the original contemporary public response to them in order to see what features of the writing were considered valuable and why, in their original context of reception
  • Offers a generalised analysis of the relationship between memoir writing and literary form 
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About this book

This book analyses soldiers’ memoirs from the Great War of 1914-18 from Britain, France and Germany.   It considers both the authors’ composition of the memoirs and the public response to them. It provides contextual analysis through a survey of the different types of contemporary writing about the Great War, through an analysis of changes in the language used to describe combat, and through an analysis of those people whose accounts of the war were either excluded or marginalised. It also considers the international response to the most successful of the texts. The purpose of the analysis is to show how soldiers’ memoirs contributed to the collective memory of the war and how they influenced public opinion about the war. These texts are both autobiographical and historical and their relationship to the fields of autobiography and historical writing is also considered, as well as to the distinction between fact and fiction.

About the authors

Jerry Palmer is the former Professor of Communications at London Metropolitan University, UK and Visiting Professor of Sociology at City University. He is the author of six other books and many scholarly articles about popular culture and the mass media.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Palmer, Jerry

    Pages 1-20

  • The Great War Genres

    Palmer, Jerry

    Pages 23-48

  • Marginal Voices

    Palmer, Jerry

    Pages 49-68

  • Literary Language and War Memoirs

    Palmer, Jerry

    Pages 69-89

  • Themes in British Reviews of Great War Memoirs

    Palmer, Jerry

    Pages 93-104

Buy this book

eBook £62.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78051-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78050-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Memories from the Frontline
Book Subtitle
Memoirs and Meanings of The Great War from Britain, France and Germany
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Life Writing
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78051-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78051-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78050-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 339
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