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Modern Nostalgia: Siegfried Sassoon, Trauma and the Second World War

Robert Hemmings


This book explores Siegfried Sassoon’s writing of the twenties, thirties and forties, demonstrating the connections between trauma and nostalgia in a culture saturated with the anxieties of war. Informed by the texts of Freud, W.H.R. Rivers and other psychological writers of the early twentieth century, as well as contemporary theorists of nostalgia and trauma, it examines the pathology of nostalgia conveyed in Sassoon’s unpublished poems, letters and journals, together with his published work. The book situates Sassoon’s ongoing anxiety about ‘Englishness’, modernity and his relation to moder ... More

Keywords: Siegfried Sassoon, trauma, nostalgia, war, Freud, W.H.R. Rivers, psychological writers, Englishness, modernity, modernist aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633067
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Hemmings, author