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A Civil War of Words

The Cultural Impact of the Great War in Catalonia, Spain, Europe and a Glance at Latin America


Edited By Xavier Pla, Maximiliano Fuentes and Francesc Montero

The Great War did not only mark the history of the twentieth century: to a large extent, the conflict also affected culture and literature in Europe and the rest of the world. This collection of essays aims to provide the reader with a broad and transdisciplinary perspective on the cultural and political impact of the Great War. Using a comparative approach and focusing on Catalonia and Spain, this volume reflects the enormous variety of representations of the ‘theatre of war’ in both neutral and belligerent countries, causing a significant rejuvenation in fiction and journalistic genres in the subsequent decades.
This book features essays by some of the most important specialists in the First World War from Spain, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Latin America, who, in the centenary of the conflict, provide an innovative critical approach to this crucial event in contemporary history.


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Xavier Pla, Maximiliano Fuentes Codera and Francesc Montero Introduction 1 Political Influences beyond the Frontiers 17 José Álvarez Junco Europe before and after the Great War 19 Xosé M. Núñez Seixas Some Reflections on the Great War and the Nationality Question in Europe 35 Patrizia Dogliani A Civil War of Words in Italy: Italian intellectuals from Interventionism into WWI to Engagement into Fascism 55 Ana Paula Pires The Sound of the Mind: Portuguese Intellectuals and the First World War 73 María Inés Tato The Latin American Intellectual Field in the Face of the First World War: An Initial Approach 99 vi Black Storms, Intimate Pain 121 Vita Fortunati Controversial Memories in the Discourse/ Narrative of World War I 123 Miquel Berga Fought in Narrative: English Literature and the Cultural Memory of World War I 145 Mireia Llorens Ruiz From Arcadia to Armageddon: Literary Conventions and Transgressions in the Work of Siegfried Sassoon 157 Antonio Monegal Shell-Shocked Legacies: Narratives of Trauma in Virginia Woolf, W. H. R. Rivers and Pat Barker 177 Spanish and Catalan Imaginaries in the European Conflict 195 Maximiliano Fuentes Codera The Great War as an Expression of the Dispute between the ‘Two Spains’ 197 Paul AUBERT The Motives of Francophilia: History of a Frustration 227 vii Xavier Pla ‘A war is a volcano’: Theorists of War, Journalists in the Trenches and Intellectual Positions from Barcelona during the Great War 261 José Ramón González Toward a Pro-Ally Collective Imagination: Spanish Writers in the...

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