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Writing disenchantment: British First World War prose, 1914-30

Andrew Frayn


This book argues that disenchantment is not only a response to wartime experience, but a condition of modernity with a language that finds extreme expression in First World War literature. The objects of disenchantment are often the very same as the enchantments of scientific progress: bureaucracy, homogenisation and capitalism. Older beliefs such as religion, courage and honour are kept in view, and endure longer than often is realised. Social critics, theorists and commentators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries provide a rich and previously unexplored context for wartim ... More

Keywords: First World War, Disenchantment, Disillusionment, eDclinism, Degeneration, War literature, Modernism, Literary history, Cultural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089220
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Frayn, author