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Landscapes and Voices of the Great War

1st Edition

Edited by Angela K. Smith, Krista Cowman


248 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This volume aims to provide a wider view of First World War experience through focusing on landscapes less commonly considered in historiography, and on voices that have remained on the margins of popular understanding of the war. The landscape of the western front was captured during the conflict in many different ways: in photographs, paintings and print. The most commonly replicated voicing of contemporary attitudes towards the war is that of initial enthusiasm giving way to disillusionment and a sense of overwhelming futility. Investigations of the many components of war experience drawn from social and cultural history have looked to landscapes and voices beyond the frontline as a means of foregrounding different perspectives on the war. Not all of the voices presented here opposed the war, and not all of the landscapes were comprised of trenches or flanked by barbed wire. Collectively, they combine to offer further fresh insights into the multiplicity of war experience, an alternate space to the familiar tropes of mud and mayhem.

Table of Contents


[Angela K. Smith and Krista Cowman]

Part I: Real and Imagined Spaces

1. "Funny Men and Charming Girls": Revue and the Theatrical Landscape of 1914-1918

[Andrew Maunder]

2. "When Words Are Not Enough": The Aural Landscape of Britain’s Modern Memory of 1914-18

[Emma Hanna]

3. Maisons de Tolérance: The Real and Imagined Sexual Landscapes of the Western Front

[Krista Cowman]

4. "The Delightful Sense of Personal Contact That Your Letter Aroused": Letters and Intimate Lives in the First World War

[Carol Acton]

Part II: Voices

5. "A Certain Poetess": Recuperating Jessie Pope (1868-1941)

[Jane Potter]

6. Ventriloquizing Voices in World War I: Scribe, Poetess, Philosopher

[Margaret R. Higonnet]

7. Pacifist Writer, Propagandist Publisher: Rose Macaulay and Hodder & Stoughton

[Lise Jaillant]

8. From Collusion to Condemnation: The Evolving Voice of "Woodbine Willie"

[Stuart Bell]

Part III: Landscapes

9. Camels, Catacombs and Pyramids: First World War Nursing Narratives in the Middle East

[Nadia Atia]

10. Cars in the Desert: Claud H. Williams, S.C. Rolls and the Anglo-Sanusi War

[Lisa Regan]

11. Murmurs of War: Grace Fallow Norton and "The Red Road"

[Hazel Hutchison]

12. Landscapes of Memory in Centenary Fiction

[Angela K. Smith]

About the Editors

Angela K. Smith is an Associate Professor (Reader) at Plymouth University.

Krista Cowman is Professor of History in the School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / World War I
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History