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Witnessing and Survival: The Challenge of ‘Autognosis’ in the Interwar Years

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.003.0004
Witnessing and Survival: The Challenge of ‘Autognosis’ in the Interwar Years

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This chapter is centred on the role of nostalgia in the prose autognosis of the Sherston memoirs, and examines the return of the war in the 1920s and 1930s poems. The discussion highlights the understanding of one’s environment, as well as his/her place within it, which is part of the nostalgic strain of Sassoon’s autobiographical prose or poetic project.

Keywords: nostalgia; prose autognosis; Sherston memoirs; war; nostalgic strain; autobiographical prose; autobiographical poetry

Chapter.  12881 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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