Mixing Memory and Desire

By (author): Brian Kennedy

The last solider who saw World War I died in 2009, and, with him, all direct memory of the horror of that war left the earth. Memory has become history, but Brian Kennedy argues that our collective need to grieve the horrors of the Great War still remains. In this wide-ranging book he looks at a variety of fiction that has been written about World War I, from Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong to Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road and Timothy Findley’s The Wars with many other books besides. Kennedy considers the traditional stories and tropes of the war, along with modern revisionings, the role of women in the war and even Irish issues and the divisions within the British Empire. In the end, he argues persuasively that the cultural process of grieving concerns both the fear of forgetting and the need to build a narrative arc to contain events that shaped the past century.


Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy’s prior books include Growing Up Hockey (Folklore, 2007) and Living the Hockey Dream (Folklore, 2009), and he has contributed to the hockey anthology, Now is the Winter: Thinking about hockey (Wolsak and Wynn 2009). He has also appeared in the documentary film, Hockey: More Than a Game, which was screened on PBS stations in the United States during 2012. Brian Kennedy is also Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College.


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300 Pages
9.00in * 6.00in *


October 01, 2017



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