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Literary Language and War Memoirs

  • Jerry PalmerEmail author
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Abstract

The language of combat. Before 1914, war was primarily represented in a traditional and conventional language, which stressed its objectives and the nobility of its enterprise, marginalising the personal experiences of soldiers, and especially their suffering. This language was partly replaced, from about 1916 onwards, by a language that broke with these conventions, in a variety of ways, becoming less enthusiastic, more objective, and more explicit about violence. The chapter also considers the relationship between stylistic choices and attitudes towards the war.

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