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War Literature
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War Literature

The First World War is one of those historic events that with the passage of time does not pass into memory and fade but rather changes and acquires new meanings. The war acquired its meanings not only on the battlefields, but also, and especially, in literature, art, films, philosophical reflections, and public rites. Collective memory transformed the war not only into a fundamental crisis of civilization, but also into the founding myth of an epoch.

In this conflict, literature, art, and the new media were fundamentally seized upon and changed in a compl…

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Hüppauf, Bernd, “War Literature”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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