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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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Witnessing and Survival: The Challenge of ‘Autognosis’ in the Interwar Years

Witnessing and Survival: The Challenge of ‘Autognosis’ in the Interwar Years

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(p.54) 3 Witnessing and Survival: The Challenge of ‘Autognosis’ in the Interwar Years
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Modern Nostalgia
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Robert Hemmings

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.003.0004

This chapter is centred on the role of nostalgia in the prose autognosis of the Sherston memoirs, and examines the return of the war in the 1920s and 1930s poems. The discussion highlights the understanding of one’s environment, as well as his/her place within it, which is part of the nostalgic strain of Sassoon’s autobiographical prose or poetic project.

Keywords:   nostalgia, prose autognosis, Sherston memoirs, war, nostalgic strain, autobiographical prose, autobiographical poetry

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