Please join us for next Monday’s Archives & Texts seminar where Dr Kate Macdonald (Reading, Visiting Research Fellow) will be giving a paper on ‘Looking for shell-shock. Reading First World War fiction magazines’
4-5.30pm in URS 2s26
‘Looking for shell-shock. Reading First World War fiction magazines’
My current research interest is the depiction of impairment in First World War fiction: physical, emotional, psychological. In this paper I discuss my archival research on contemporary literary representations, the fiction written during and immediately after the war. I’ll be focusing on the absence of shell-shock from the record, which is a powerful contradiction to its centrality as the principal category of wartime impairment in literary fiction: it appears to have been almost completely ignored in mainstream, popular magazine fiction.
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