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Authoring War
The Literary Representation of War from the Iliad to Iraq

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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107003903

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  • Kate McLoughlin's Authoring War is an ambitious and pioneering study of war writing across all literary genres from earliest times to the present day. Examining a range of cultures, she brings wide reading and close rhetorical analysis to illuminate how writers have met the challenge of representing violence, chaos and loss. War gives rise to problems of epistemology, scale, space, time, language and logic. She emphasises the importance of form to an understanding of war literature and establishes connections across periods and cultures from Homer to the 'War on Terror'. Exciting new critical groupings arise in consequence, as Byron's Don Juan is read alongside Heller's Catch-22 and English Civil War poetry alongside Second World War letters. Innovative in its approach and inventive in its encyclopedic range, Authoring War will be indispensable to any discussion of war representation.

    • Puts an awareness of literary form back into the centre of arguments surrounding war and representation
    • Provides readers with a new methodology to apply to war representation
    • Stimulating new readings of, for example, Byron's Don Juan alongside Heller's Catch-22 and English Civil War poetry alongside Second World War letters
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    "… an exceptional monograph that incisively and originally engages with a great number of war texts and a vast body of research on war literature."
    Holly Faith Nelson, Trinity Western University

    "… an important intervention into critical discussion of war literature."
    Roy Scranton, Partial Answers

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107003903
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: authoring war
    1. Credentials
    2. Details
    3. Zones
    4. Duration
    5. Diversions
    6. Laughter
    Conclusion: to perpetual peace

  • Author

    Kate McLoughlin, Birkbeck, University of London
    Kate McLoughlin is Lecturer in English Literature at Birkbeck, University of London.

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