Humor, Entertainment, and Popular Culture during World War I

  • Editors
  • Clémentine Tholas-Disset
  • Karen A. Ritzenhoff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Clémentine Tholas-Disset, Karen A. Ritzenhoff
      Pages 1-19
  3. Movies to Please? Laughter, Diversion, and Nationhood in Great War Films

  4. A War of Witty Words and Images: Novels, Newspapers, and Illustrations

  5. Entertaining on Stage: Pleasurable and Political Live Performances

  6. Promoting War Values and Routine, Coping with a Different Social Order

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-288

About this book


Humor and entertainment were vital to the war effort during World War I. While entertainment provided relief to soldiers in the trenches, it also built up support for the war effort on the home front. This book looks at transnational war culture by examining seemingly light-hearted discourses on the Great War.


World War One humor entertainment satire music war effort recreation comedy Comic culture First World War France history Hollywood Home Front humour identity nation national identity novel stage theatre

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