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This battle was not over: Parade’s End as a transitional text in the development of ‘disenchanted’ First World War literature.

  This chapter argues that the novels of Ford's Parade's End tetralogy occupy a significant place in the development of "disenchanted" fiction about the First World War. The values of Ernest Raymond's patriotic Tell England are contrasted with those of C. E Montague's Disenchantment, providing a brief synopsis of the early 1920s response to the conflict. Parade's End is seen as introducing several key themes in to the post-First World War discursive field, including national identity, psychology, memory, and time. The presentation of these aligned with the formal aspects of the novel, allows it to push the boundaries of the readerly horizon of expectations. Frayn argues that Ford's readership, though moderately-sized, was influential from a literary point of view, and thus facilitated the reception of later, more vitriolic, criticisms of war.

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    29 August 2008

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Rodopi

  • Library of Congress:

    PR English literature

Citation

Frayn, A. (2008). This battle was not over: Parade’s End as a transitional text in the development of ‘disenchanted’ First World War literature. In Gąsiorek, A. & Moore, D. (Eds.). Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations, 201-216. Rodopi. ISBN 978-9042024373

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Keywords

First World War literature; disenchantment; Ford Madox Ford; national identity; conflict; memory;

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