- 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
- (p.255) Afterword
- Sacrifice and Modern War Literature
- Oxford University Press
In trying to understand why ‘nation-ness is the most universally legitimate value in the political life of our time’, Benedict Anderson stresses the importance of the role played by the human imagination—both individual and collective.1 As literacy rose across the course of the long nineteenth century, acts of reading—of newspapers, novels, and poetry—took place contemporaneously within its borders, creating among citizens a shared idea of a political community understood as both ‘inherently limited and sovereign’. Anderson observes:...
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