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  1. Summer/Initial Reading 31 items
    1. Primary texts 25 items
      1. 1. Try to read at least some of the war poets. We’ll be looking in detail at: 7 items
        1. The Poems of Wilfred Owen - Wilfred Owen, Edmund Blunden 1972

          Book Essential “Strange Meeting”, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, “Spring Offensive”, “Exposure”, “Disabled”, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”

        2. The War Poems - Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Hart-Davis 1983

          Book Essential “Repression of War Experience”, “Blighters”, “To His Dead Body”, “The Rear-Guard” “Dreamers”

        3. The War Poems - Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Hart-Davis 1983 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential “Repression of War Experience”, “Blighters”, “To His Dead Body”, “The Rear-Guard” “Dreamers”

        4. The Collected Works of Isaac Rosenberg: Poetry, Prose, Letters, Paintings and Drawings - Isaac Rosenberg, Ian McNaghten Parsons 1979

          Book Essential “Break of Day in the Trenches,” “Louse Hunting,” “Returning, We Hear the Larks”

        5. Battlefield - August Stramm 1915

          Webpage Essential

        6. Guard-Duty - August Stramm

          Webpage Essential

        7. Wounds - August Stramm

          Webpage Essential

      2. 2. Wartime Fiction 5 items
        We will be looking at two contemporary wartime novels, and whilst neither is currently in print, both are available in full free online—plus there are copies in the library, and you can pick up second-hand editions very cheaply on eBay and other online retailers (but reading the online versions is fine)
        1. Mr. Britling Sees It Through - H. G. Wells 1916

          Book Essential

        2. The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West 1980

          Book Essential

        3. Wells's Britling is quite a long, richly detailed novel; West's Return is a short, emotionally powerful novella. Interesting fact: though a married man, Wells was in the middle of a long affair with West (they had an illegitimate son together) when both these books were written.

      3. 3. Postwar reactions 13 items
        1. The Waste Land: And Other Poems - T. S. Eliot 1972

          Book Essential “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (first published 1915/1920) and The Waste Land (1922)

        2. The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot 1922

          Webpage Essential

        3. 'Prufock' is a short poem (playwright Tom Stoppard says it's his single favourite poem: 'I feel when I read Prufock as I imagine the diabetic patient must when the insulin goes in' he says) and The Waste Land a central Modernist text. If you don't know them you really ought.

        4. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf, David Bradshaw 2000

          Book Essential

        5. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf, David Bradshaw 2008 (electronic book)

          Book Essential

        6. Woolf's masterpiece captures the textures of one ordinary day in 1920s London, in which the aftereffects of the war are threaded. It is a short but astonishing novel.

        7. Time Regained - Marcel Proust, Andreas Mayor 1970

          Book Essential

        8. Time Regained - Marcel Proust 2014

          Book Essential

        9. This one is trickier: to get the full force of this novel-which concerns everyday life in Paris under German bombardment during the war-you should read the whole of Proust's enormous masterwork In Search of Lost Time: for this is the seventh and final volume of that multi-volume behemoth. Many people consider In Search of Lost Time the greatest achievement of French, or even of World, Literature, so you certainly wouldn't be wasting your time doing this (my friend Professor Daniel Karlin once told me that, whatever else he is doing, he is always reading Proust: when he finishes volume 7 of In Search of Lost Time he starts immediately again at volume 1 …) BUT it is a very long, complex and challenging text. You are certainly not required to read the whole of Proust for this course, and Time Regained works as a stand-alone novel.

        10. Goodbye To All That - Robert Graves 1960

          Book Essential Arguably the most famous memoir of any of the serving soldiers who fought in the war, this one is not available free online, but can be bought cheaply online. Graves was a poet and critic as well as a novelist

        11. In Parenthesis: seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu - David Jones 1963

          Book Essential Jones was also a serving soldier, and his experimental epic poem, whilst not an easy read, is an unforgettable one.

        12. The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien 2007

          Book Essential Read The Return of the King. I’m going to assume that you’re familiar with The Lord of the Rings, even if only from the movies. Like Proust, above, this is the final volume in a multi-volume novel, and properly to appreciate it you would ideally want to read the whole thing. But what we’re really going to look at are those sections in which Tolkien adapted his war-time military experience into Fantasy.

    2. Secondary texts and criticism 6 items
      1. If you're super keen you might want to read some criticism too. There's a huge body of writing about the war itself and the cultural response to the war: don't feel too pressured to get on top of all of this, but I will say that on the course we will be arguing the merits of the thesis argued in Paul Fussell's immensely influential:

      2. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2000

        Book Essential

      3. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      4. The following is a good all-round critical introduction to the field:

  2. Lectures and Seminars 62 items
    1. 1. War and Literature 8 items
      Here are some general discussions of war, representation and the twentieth-century. You do not need to read them all, but may find some of them useful.
      1. Literature and War - Tamar Hager, David Bevan 1990

        Article Recommended

      2. Dismantling glory: twentieth-century soldier poetry - Lorrie Goldensohn c2003

        Book Recommended

      3. The Cambridge companion to war writing - Catherine Mary McLoughlin 2009

        Book Recommended

      4. The Cambridge Companion to War Writing - Kate McLoughlin 2009 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

      5. Violence: Six Sideways Reflections - Slavoj Zizek 2009

        Book Recommended

    2. 2. War Poets 1 10 items
      1. We'll be looking in detail at: 3 items
        1. The Poems of WIlfred Owen - Wilfred Owen, Edmund Blunden 1972

          Book Essential “Strange Meeting”, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, “Spring Offensive”, “Exposure”, “Disabled”, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”

        2. The War Poems - Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Hart-Davis 1983

          Book Essential “Repression of War Experience”, “Blighters”, “To His Dead Body”, “The Rear-Guard”, “Dreamers”

        3. The War Poems - Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Hart-Davis 1983 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential “Repression of War Experience”, “Blighters”, “To His Dead Body”, “The Rear-Guard”, “Dreamers”

      2. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2000

        Book Recommended

      3. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

    3. 3. H.G. Wells, 'Mr Britling Sees It Through' (1916) 2 items
      1. Mr. Britling Sees It Through - H. G. Wells 1916

        Book Essential

      2. Mr. Britling Sees It Through - H. G. Wells 1916 (electronic book)

        Book Essential

    4. 4. Rebecca West, 'The Return of the Soldier' (1918) 2 items
      1. The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West 1980

        Book Essential

      2. The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West 1918 (electronic book)

        Book Essential

    5. 5. War Poets 2 5 items
      1. The Collected Poems of Isaac Rosenberg - Isaac Rosenberg, Gordon Bottomley, D. W. Harding 1949

        Book Essential “Break of Day in the Trenches,” “Louse Hunting,” “Returning, We Hear the Larks”

      2. Battlefield - August Stramm 1915

        Webpage Essential

      3. Guard-Duty - August Stramm

        Webpage Essential

      4. Wounds - August Stramm

        Webpage Essential

      5. The Poems of T.S. Eliot: Volume I: Collected and Uncollected Poems - T. S. Eliot 2015

        Book Essential “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915), “The Waste Land” (1922)

    6. 6. Reading Week 0 items
    7. 7. Virginia Woolf, 'Mrs Dalloway' (1925) 10 items
      1. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf, David Bradshaw 2008

        Book Essential

      2. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf, David Bradshaw 2008 (electronic book)

        Book Essential

      3. The Essays of Virginia Woolf: Vol.1: 1904-1912 - Virginia Woolf, Andrew McNeillie 1986

        Book Recommended

      4. The Essays of Virginia Woolf: Vol.2: 1912-1918 - Virginia Woolf, Andrew McNeillie 1987

        Book Recommended

      5. The Essays of Virginia Woolf: Vol.3: 1919-1924 - Virginia Woolf, Andrew McNeillie 1988

        Book Recommended

      6. The Essays of Virginia Woolf: Vol. 4: 1925-1928 - Virginia Woolf, Andrew McNeillie 1994

        Book Recommended

      7. Virginia Woolf and the Real World - Alex Zwerdling 1986

        Book Recommended

    8. 8. Marcel Proust, 'Time Regained' (1927) 8 items
      1. In Search of Lost Time: Vol. 6: Time Regained - Marcel Proust, Andreas Mayor, Terence Kilmartin, D. J. Enright 2000

        Book Essential

      2. Time Regained - Marcel Proust, Stephen Hudson 2014 (electronic book)

        Book Essential

      3. Marcel Proust: The Fictions of Life and of Art - Leo Bersani 2013 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

      4. Proustian Desire - Per Bjørnar Grande 2011

        Article Recommended

      5. Air Raid One: Marcel Proust’s 'Time Regained' - Ilai Rowner 2015

        Chapter Recommended

    9. 9. Robert Graves, 'Goodbye To All That' (1929) 6 items
      1. Goodbye to All That - Robert Graves 1960

        Book Essential

      2. The early poetry of Robert Graves: the goddess beckons - Frank L. Kersnowski 2002

        Book Recommended esp. chapter 2: 'The Lunatic: War'

    10. 10. David Jones, 'In Parenthesis' (1937) 9 items
      1. The shape of meaning in the poetry of David Jones - Thomas Dilworth c1988

        Book Recommended

      2. Reading David Jones - Thomas Dilworth c2008

        Book Recommended

      3. A Note of Introduction - T. S. Eliot 1963

        Chapter Recommended

      4. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2000

        Book Recommended

      5. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      6. Distressed Perspectives - Adam Thorpe 1996

        Article Recommended

    11. 11. J.R.R. Tolkien, 'The Return of the King' (1955) 2 items
  3. Secondary Criticism 17 items
    1. Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature - Santanu Das 2005 (electronic book)

      Book Recommended

    2. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2000

      Book Recommended

    3. The Great War and Modern Memory - Paul Fussell 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    4. Women's Poetry of the First World War - Nosheen Khan 1988

      Book Recommended

    5. The Great War and the Language of Modernism - Vincent Sherry 2003

      Book Recommended

    6. The Great War and the Language of Modernism - Vincent Sherry 2003 (electronic book)

      Book Recommended

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