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New Directions in Book History

Reading and the First World War

Readers, Texts, Archives

Authors: Towheed, Shafquat, King, Edmund

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Ranging from soldiers reading newspapers at the front to authors' responses to the war, this book sheds new light on the reading habits and preferences of men and women, combatants and civilians, during the First World War. This is the first study of the conflict from the perspective of readers.

About the authors

Jonathan Arnold, independent scholar, UK Jonathan Black, Kingston University, UK. Jim Cleary, Griffith University, Australia Emmanuel Debruyne, Université catholique de Louvain, France. Catherine Feely, University of Derby, UK. Edmund G.C. King, Open University, UK. Alisa Miller, Norwich University of the Arts, UK. Sara Mori, independent scholar, Italy Robert L. Nelson, University of Windsor, Canada Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes University, UK. Jonathan Rose, Drew University, USA. Max Saunders, King's College London, UK. Shafquat Towheed, Open University, UK.

Reviews

“This collection of 13 essays focuses on readership, representing the democratizing shift in literary research that is now a standard approach to the teaching of literary culture. … This book should be used by researchers working on the study of this war, as well as those working on book and publishing history, since the essays discuss little-known archival possibilities that established researchers may not know, and newcomers should certainly be made aware of.” (Kate Macdonald, First World War Studies, July, 2017) 

“As Reading and the First World War demonstrates, a vast number of those involved in World War I–not only soldiers but also civilians–read avidly. … comprises a range of essays addressing topics as varied as the reading practices of war artists behind the line; of conscientious objectors; and of Australian prisoners of war. … the nurses and ambulance drivers who must have read, if only occasionally–ultimately Reading and the First World War contains something for everyone.” (Kabi Hartman, English Literature in Transition, Vol. 60 (1), 2017)

“The history of reading in the First World War is an area of particular significance in this commemorative period. It has benefited from a conjunction of archival and digital projects that makes new accounts and resources available to scholars across the world. … This complex intermingling of experience and imagination animates the collection as a whole, making this not just a gathering of scholarly perspectives, but a testament to the interdependence of all acts of wartime reading, politically and culturally.” (Lucy Collins, SHARP News, sharpweb.org, August, 2016)

“Reading and the First World War participates in the recent digital turn and transnational turn in book history, which are also central to modernist studies. … Reading and the First World War includes some particularly strong essays based on work in neglected archives and collections. It will be of interest not only to book historians (its explicit audience), but also to scholars of modernism.” (Lise Jaillant, Modernism, modernity, Vol. 23 (2), April, 2016)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Towheed, Shafquat (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • ‘Khaki and Kisses’: Reading the Romance Novel in the Great War

    Potter, Jane

    Pages 29-44

  • Towards a Popular Canon: Education, Young Readers and Authorial Identity in Great Britain between the Wars

    Miller, Alisa

    Pages 45-60

  • Impressions of War: Ford Madox Ford, Reading and Parade’s End

    Saunders, Max

    Pages 63-77

  • Reading the Great War: An Examination of Edith Wharton’s Reading and Responses, 1914–1918

    Towheed, Shafquat

    Pages 78-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading and the First World War
Book Subtitle
Readers, Texts, Archives
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30271-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137302717
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30270-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 266
Topics