- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- Notes on the Contributors
- 1 Wordsworth, Waterloo, and Sacrifice
- 2 The Crimean War and (Self-)Sacrifice in Mid-Victorian Fiction
- 3 The Indian Mutiny and the Blood of Sacrifice
- 4 The Poetics of American Civil War Sacrifice
- 5 Character, Sacrifice, and Scapegoats
- 6 Bare Death
- 7 ‘Freely Proffered’?
- 8 ‘A bit of shrapnel’
- 9 The Penny’s Mighty Sacrifice
- 10 The Motif of Sacrifice in the Literature and Culture of the Second World War
- 11 ‘It is the poems you have lost’
- 12 Sacrifice and the Inner Organs of the Cold-War Citizen
- 13 The Vietnam War, American Remembering, and the Measure of Sacrifice, Fifty Years On
- 14 ‘Atrocities against his Sacred Poet’
- 15 Reckoning Sacrifice in ‘War on Terror’ Literature
- Select Bibliography
- General Index
Sacrifice and Modern War Literature
- (p.1) Introduction
- Sacrifice and Modern War Literature
- Oxford University Press
Writing in 1857, after the Crimean War had finally ended forty years of peace in England, the novelist and clergyman Charles Kingsley meditated on ‘the necessary human art of war’ and the extent to which ‘the history of the world has been as yet written in blood’: ‘This … is the normal type of human life … as long as cruelty and wrong exist on earth, man’s destiny is to dare and suffer, and, if it must be so, to die.’...
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