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The Resource Memory, narrative and the Great War : rifleman Patrick MacGill and the construction of wartime experience, David Taylor

Memory, narrative and the Great War : rifleman Patrick MacGill and the construction of wartime experience, David Taylor

Label
Memory, narrative and the Great War : rifleman Patrick MacGill and the construction of wartime experience
Title
Memory, narrative and the Great War
Title remainder
rifleman Patrick MacGill and the construction of wartime experience
Statement of responsibility
David Taylor
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"'Memory, narrative and the Great War' provides a detailed examination of the varied and complex war writings of a relatively marginal figure, Patrick MacGill, within a general framework of our current pre-occupation with blood, mud and suffering. In particular, it seeks to explain how his interpretation of war shifted from the heroic wartime autobiographical trilogy, with its emphasis on 'the romance of the rifleman' to the pessimistic and guilt-ridden interpretations in his post-war novel, Fear!, and play, Suspense. Through an exploration of the way in which war-time experiences were remembered (and re-remembered) and retold in strikingly different narratives, and using insights from cognitive psychology, it is argued that there is no contradiction between these two seemingly opposing views. Instead it is argued that, given the present orientation and problem-solving nature of both memory and narrative, the different interpretations are both 'true' in the sense that they throw light on the ongoing way in which MacGill came to terms with his experiences of war. This in turn has implications for broader interpretations of the Great War, which has increasingly be seen in terms of futile suffering, not least because of the eloquent testimony of ex-Great War soldiers, reflecting on their experiences many years after the event. Without suggesting that such testimony is invalid, it is argued that this is one view but not the only view of the war. Rather wartime memory and narrative is more akin to an ever-changing kaleidoscope, in which pieces of memory take on different (but equally valid) shapes as they are shaken with the passing of time"--provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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1946 May 10-
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Taylor, David
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • MacGill, Patrick
  • Collective memory
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
Label
Memory, narrative and the Great War : rifleman Patrick MacGill and the construction of wartime experience, David Taylor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [207]-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17327982
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 227 pages
Isbn
9781846318719
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (Uk)016261925
  • (StEdALDL)1/2947466
  • (OCoLC)809911270
Label
Memory, narrative and the Great War : rifleman Patrick MacGill and the construction of wartime experience, David Taylor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [207]-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17327982
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 227 pages
Isbn
9781846318719
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (Uk)016261925
  • (StEdALDL)1/2947466
  • (OCoLC)809911270

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