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Shakespeare and the Great War

John Lee

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Shakespeare and the Great War

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This chapter looks at how William Shakespeare was used during the Great War. It shows that those who directly or indirectly experienced war used to Shakespeare to orientate themselves and to try to understand how the Great War was affecting them and their world. The chapter emphasizes that Shakespeare and tradition are important parts of the Great War experience, as well as being important to understanding the mental landscape of the Great War and the art which makes up part of that landscape.

Keywords: William Shakespeare; Great War; mental landscape; art

Article.  9434 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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