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French Literature of the Great War Albert Schinz

French Literature of the Great War

Albert Schinz

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230227825
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94 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II PERIOD OFMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II PERIOD OF DOCUMENTATION--COMMENCING ABOUT THE SPRING OF 1915 Some Soldier Types In War Novels We now come to those books which relate much more objectively than those referred to previously, the facts connected directly or indirectly with the prosecution of the war. As the conflict progressed and assumed formidable proportions, changing its character from that of a war of nations in which national and political aims strove for mastery, to that of a world war in which great human principles were involved, it was both inevitable and imperative that the lyric and epic notes should die down. In the spring of 1915, the more intelligent had already realized how helpless are strong emotions to solve great problems- that the old cliches had served their purpose and that it was time to discard them- what the seriousness of the hour demanded then was a deep, clear, practical, sober apprehension of the realities of the hour. The most immediate interest, of course, was focussed on the soldiers who were waging the war. Some men of letters soon began to make use of what had been for many years the most common medium of art, the novel. We must, however, beg leave to draw here a sharp distinction between two kinds of novels dealing with the war. The one we will call War-Novel proper, in which the authors work up documents or personal experiences in order to make us see more deeply the significance of war itself- they apply the realistic theory of art which has been so well defined in Maupassants Preface to Pierre et Jean- their aim is to rearrange facts in a manner which is more exact perhaps than reality but more indicative of the internal order of things, and with a view to bringing out more convincingly than mere contingencies have...