Lecture | War Stories: Four Ways of Writing the First World War

Thursday 5 December 2019 | 1.30pm-2.30pm

The First World War is predominantly remembered for its lyric poetry: the first, visceral responses of a generation to the unprecedented violence of industrial warfare. But the conflict also gave rise to memoirs, adventure stories, comic novels, experimental fiction, propaganda and plays. Professor Gill Plain’s talk will attempt to convey the scale of the war’s impact on literary production by focusing on horror, glory, grief and ghosts: four contrasting ways in which the ‘story’ of the First World War has been represented and remembered.
Gill Plain is Professor of English Literature and Popular Culture at the University of St Andrews. She has research interests in British literature and culture of the 1940s, war writing, crime fiction, British cinema, feminist theory and gender studies. She is the author of Women’s Fiction of the Second World War, Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction: Gender, Sexuality and the Body, John Mills and British Cinema: Masculinity, Identity and Nation and Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and ‘Peace’. She has also produced a reader’s guide to Ian Rankin’s Black and Blue and edited a number of volumes including, most recently, Scotland and the First World War: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Bannockburn (2017). She is currently working on a new book about popular narratives of man making in the aftermath of the Second World War.

 

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