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Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form

Paul K. Saint-Amour


This book falls into two parts. The first develops a critical account of total war discourse and addresses the resistant potential of acts, including acts of writing, before a future that looks barred or predetermined by war. Part two shifts the focus to long interwar narratives that pit both their scale and their formal turbulence against total war’s portrait of the social totality, producing both ripostes and alternatives to that portrait in the practice of literary encyclopedism.

Keywords: total war, encyclopedism, future, acts of war, acts of writing, potential of acts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190200947
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul K. Saint-Amour, author
University of Pennsylvania