Women's poetry of the First World War /
Nosheen Khan.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 1988.
ix, 226 p.
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Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 1988.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 208-221.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-09:
A solid treatment of literature that has not endured. In its six chapters this study gives serious and balanced attention to relatively unexplored material by writers whose practice and idiom were mainly "conservative and traditional." "Women on War" shows the "simultaneous presence of the idealistic, humanitarian and chauvinistic moods"; "War and Religion" presents evidence of religious terminology and the concept of redemptive suffering. "War and Nature" considers the persistence of the pastoral tradition, an adjunct of the current Georgians; "The War at Home" examines the "new incarcerations" of women's roles, and poets' awareness of divisions between civilians and combatants. "Vision of War Seen from the Inside" offers writing from women serving in military-related functions; "Women's Voices" offers the tone of lament and the experience of suffering realized in this considerable body of sometimes poetry, more often verse. Autobiographical testimonies are occasionally adduced, and there are interesting comparisons with the more familiar male trench poets. The body of work studied, though no less genuine than the more familiar, is of less merit, and it rarely sustains analysis as poetry in this admittedly thematic approach. Two appendixes (one of useful biographical notes). Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate. -L. K. MacKendrick, University of Windsor
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