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Modern NostalgiaSiegfried Sassoon, Trauma and the Second World War$
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Robert Hemmings

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633067

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.001.0001

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(p.viii) (p.1) Introduction
Modern Nostalgia

Robert Hemmings

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces Siegfried Sassoon and his selective approach to the past, looking at his literary responses to each world war by studying his poetry and prose from the 1920s to the 1940s. It studies the role of nostalgia in his representation of his survival of war, how nostalgia is used as a way to filter the memories of the past, and nostalgia in Georgian and modernist poetry.

Keywords:   Siegfried Sassoon, selective approach, literary responses, world war, nostalgia, survival of war, Georgian poetry, modernist poetry

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