Literary Myth of the War was
THE EPITOME OF THE 20TH CENTURYepitome of the 20th century viewpoint that
The World War And ThereforeWorld War and therefore war was a pointless slaughter with no redeeming ualities Most of the authors were pacifists A good number were socialists The responsibility for the war they claim Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue lay entirely in theap of Edwardian England with its hierarchy religion and social rules Many of the social changes described by Hynes involve the advance of feminism the weakening of the traditional aristocracy and the corrosion of the influence and power of English institutions and the Anglican Church The authors of this Myth are naturally hostile to pre War Edwardian society which certainly had its problems but cannot be blamed entirely for the WarAt the very end of the book Hynes does uote a few authors who disagree with this outlook On page 450Brigadier General John Carterissaid we were experiencing an inundation of war books and war plays some of which seemed to be going out of their way to show all the bad and horrible things about war War was bad and horrible and no one who was in France would wish to see war again but one could not help feeling a Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, large measure of resentment as book after book came out showing the murky side of war and the bad side of human nature He did not say that the books were exaggerated but they were sensational Many men went through the War and came back ennobled by the fact that they had taken part in it and had put into actual practice towards their fellow men some of the finest instincts in human natureSamuel Hynes should have developed this dissenting opinion much and not give such one sided historiography of WWIiterary culture For that reason I only give him three stars OK 45 stars I might read again if I get through the other 250 books on the istIntriguing and well written examination of how English arts dealt with the historical discontinuity of World War One and came up with a new myth of war Reminds me of Fussell s The Great War and Modern Memory Terrific exegesis of WWI and its iteraryartistic aftermath I actually used to read books Riding Class (Saddle Club, like this often A very importantiterary critical evaluation of the war not only as seen through Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, literature but of the war asiterature Hynes acknowledges that the general conception of the war as a futile uniuely terrible cultural rifting etc enterprise is a myth but continues to assert the value of that myth over whatever may have really happened from time to time Very well written but possibly infuriating I ike it all the same. Ers much of the received wisdom about the First World War It shows how English culture adapted itself to the needs of killing how our stereotypes of the war gradually took shape and how the nations thought and imagination were profoundly and irretrievably changed.
Free read A War Imagined The First World War and English CultureThe pointless slaughter and dispiriting trench warfare of WWI swept away a arge portion of the generation that fought it It also swept away many of the beliefs and institutions on which society had been based Short Stories by Roald Dahl leaving nothing in their place The result was theost generation of rootless writers and artists described by Gertrude SteinThis book shows how WWI art and culture in England with occasional references to America France and other countries The author includes topics such as organized Goldilocks the Three Bears labor and the suffragistearly feminist movement within the narrative These events haveittle to do with the subject of the book except that they occurred during the same general time period and appear to have been included because of the author s own personal and political concerns Nevertheless A War Imagined is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the post WWI iterature of oss epitomized by books such as All uiet on
the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms or in this period ofWestern Front and A Farewell to Arms or in this period of generally Having written on Forster for a term paper I decided to keep treading through British iterary history past the Edwardians and into the Great War This text juxtaposes the many incongruous movements that we now collectively refer to as a cohesive whole Modernism As uick as we are to make generalized statements about what Modernism entails we forget that at the time it was "not a cohesively realized movement Much ike the post war narratives by Woolf Lawrence and Eliot among others "a cohesively realized movement Much I Look Up To... Michelle Obama like the post war narratives by Woolf Lawrence and Eliot among others seemed irreconcilably fragmented Iearned all about the Bloomsburian reactions to the war in contrast with the perceptions of consciousness and memory
War Poets among Sassoon Owen and Graves particularly stand out Hynes s prose reads Doctor Extraño like a historiographical text should read succinct yet brimming with thoughtful insights I highly recommend this book I read it as a study break during a rather undemanding finals week I hope to return to it after reading some of the primary texts Hynes directly analyzed Overall it is an astonishing and harrowing reminder of the horrors of all tenses past present and future Very interestingook at Culture Arts and WWI Hynes book is an amazing account of the culture of the First World War and its enduring influences It s a bit dense not so much densely written as dense with ideas but worth reading slowly and carefully Some of his ideas have perhaps already been seen in Fussell s The Great War and Modern Memory particularly the argument of an ironic or satirical post war tone. Between the opulent Edwardian years and the 1920s the First World War opens ike a gap in time England after the war was a different place; the arts were different; history was different; sex society class were all differentSamuel Hynes examines the process of th. .Of War Poets Among
To English iterature but Hynes perhaps DOES A BETTER JOB TRACING a better job tracing roots and why it is such a prevalent understanding I don t think he uses the world imagined in the sensethey made it upbut rather in the sense this is hope a generation came to terms came to understand the war My one wish is that he would have spent a ittle time excavating alternative imaginingshe keeps saying that there is a dominate mode to WW1 conceptions which persist to this day and I think he is right but for me it would have been useful to have information on what other modes besides the Big Words or heroic one competed with this ideaI ve read this book two or three times nowand I d read it again someday The First World War had
Deep And Permanent Effects On European Cultureand permanent effects on European culture not only the course of history but how people of all classes ooked at society its institutions its values religion etc Before the war was even over writers artists and poets had begun to describe this change in their works to shape the general public s perception of the War and to foster a certain hostile attitude towards the pre War world and its institutions that Feminism is for Everybody led Europe to disaster in 1914 a myth that Hynes calls the Myth of the War which entered permanently into the consciousness of Western man and persists to this day Samuel Hynes wrote an interesting book about the cultural changes in England following the First World War His book is about the people who pushed these changes pacifist writers and poets mostly than the changes themselves but he clearly did aot of research and his book is chock full of uotes and footnotes However he accepts their preconceived notions about the war and happily concurs with them perhaps for personal political or professional reasons Only at the very end of the book does he even raise the possibility that this Myth of the War is not necessarily accurateHynes describes this Myth of the War succinctly in the Introduction on page xA generation of innocent young men their heads full of high abstractions Deterring Democracy like Honour Glory and England went off to war to make the world safe for democracy They were slaughtered in stupid battles planned by stupid generals Those who survived were shocked disillusioned and embittered by their war experiences and saw that their real enemies were not the Germans but the old men at home who hadied to them They rejected the values of the society that had sent them to war and in doing so separated their own generation from the past and from their cultural inheritanceThis. At transformation He explores a vast cultural mosaic comprising novels and poetry music and theatre journalism paintings films parliamentary debates public monuments sartorial fashions personal diaries and Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, lettersTold in rich detail this penetrating account shatt.