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News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945

Rachel Galvin


Drawing on original archival research, providing detailed, socio-historically attentive readings, and featuring new translations, this book offers a compelling model of comparative, transnational poetics scholarship. It charts a cross-cultural dilemma from the Spanish Civil War through World War II: how to write a war poem that acknowledges the civilian’s distance from war. Civilian witnessing is problematic within an epistemic framework that deems physical experience of combat a necessary warrant for knowledge of war. Acknowledging this dilemma spurred noncombatant poets writing in English, S ... More

Keywords: poetry, war, journalism, civilian, rhetoric, newspaper, press, witnessing, self-reflexiveness, modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190623920
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190623920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Galvin, author
Assistant Professor of English, University of Chicago