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Walker, Julian; Declercq, Christophe; (2016) Introduction. In: Walker, Julian, (ed.) Languages and the First World War: Representation and Memory. (pp. 1-18). Palgrave Macmillan UK Green open access

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Abstract

This volume brings together essays that concentrate on a diachronic view of language, as writers, historians and critics engage with the experience, the representation and the memory of the war. The first section, 'The Historian's Problems', explores the difficulties of accessing, adapting, restoring and recreating terms in ways appropriate to the conflict and to later sensibilities. In 'Representing the Present', the second section, private representations of the war, diaries and letters presenting the views of civilian and soldier are examined, and the implications of different mindsets as expressed in terms of fascination or banality are studied. The third section, 'Language Use and Change', presents essays which relate language change to political developments, the displaced person, the vulnerable population and the reinforcement of a sense of nation: in each case in an environment of multilingualism brought about by the war. 'Literature and Representation', the fourth section, brings together two essays on how post-war literature engaged with wartime use of cliche and foreign language terms with an examination of the language used to condemn a female spy, a language much coloured by literary representations of the New Woman. The fifth and final section, 'Commemoration and Memory', embraces different post-war viewpoints: post-war lexicography, nation-dividing struggles reflected in the use of Flemish or French in Belgium during and since the war, the language of war memorials and, appropriately and self-reflectively, an examination of how and why we are still talking about the war. This introductory essay explores the five sections and their implications.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Introduction
ISBN-13: 9781137550354
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/9781137550361
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137550361
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1526898
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