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Sacrifice and Modern War Literature: The Battle of Waterloo to the War on Terror

Alex Houen and Jan-Melissa Schramm


Sacrifice and Modern War Literature is the first book to explore how writers from the early nineteenth century to the present have addressed the intimacy of sacrifice and war. It has been common for critics to argue that after the First World War many of the cultural and religious values associated with sacrifice have been increasingly rejected by writers and others. As the contributors to this volume show, though, literature has continued to address how different conceptions of sacrifice have been invoked in times of war to convert losses into gains or ideals. While those conceptions have som ... More

Keywords: sacrifice, war, nineteenth-century literature, twentieth-century literature, twenty-first-century literature, scapegoats, martyrdom, tragedy, heroism, redemption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198806516
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806516.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Houen, editor
University Senior Lecturer, and Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Jan-Melissa Schramm, editor
University Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

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