A War Culture in Action

A Study of the Literature of the Crimean War Period

by Cynthia Dereli (Author)
©2003 Monographs 270 Pages


Through an examination of the newspaper reporting of the Crimean War this book recreates a contemporary reader’s perspective on the war as a context for a consideration of literature which was written or published during the central year of the war. In so doing, the study provides a refreshing new look at the works of some major nineteenth-century literary figures which appeared at this time. The impact of the war context on the production or reception of their work is explored. Material covered includes works by Dickens, Trollope, Gaskell, Tennyson and Kingsley. Poetry by women writers on the subject of war also receives attention. Finally, the book assesses the wealth of minor poetry which appeared in the newspapers and journals of the time and its role in the creation of a war culture. The study thus opens up issues which connect the operation of a war culture in the period of the Crimean War with the rhetoric of war in the early twenty-first century.


ISBN (Softcover)
Literatur newspaper Englisch Krimkrieg (Motiv) Geschichte 1855-1900 War Culture Crimean War Dickens Trollope Gaskell Tennyson
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2003. 270 pp.

Biographical notes

Cynthia Dereli (Author)

The Author: Cynthia Dereli studied English literature at the Universities of Leicester, Hacettepe (Ankara) and Liverpool before completing her Ph.D. at Lancaster University with a thesis on ‘The Literature of the Crimean War’. She has worked as a lecturer in Higher Education in the UK and abroad for more than 25 years.


Title: A War Culture in Action