Robert Hemmings

in Modern Nostalgia

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633067
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651887 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces Siegfried Sassoon and his selective approach to the past, looking at his literary responses to each world war by studying his poetry and prose from the 1920s to the 1940s. It studies the role of nostalgia in his representation of his survival of war, how nostalgia is used as a way to filter the memories of the past, and nostalgia in Georgian and modernist poetry.

Keywords: Siegfried Sassoon; selective approach; literary responses; world war; nostalgia; survival of war; Georgian poetry; modernist poetry

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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