Rewriting Trauma: A Study of Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier as Modernist Chronicle

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This essay is a study of modernist chronicle, a hybrid genre that became particularly popular in the period between World War i and World War ii. A number of modernist writers embarked on this endeavour of “chronicling” or rewriting the historical record and writing themselves into public memory, among them Ford Madox Ford. These texts move between memoir, autobiography, fiction and chronicle and, thus, they blur the distinction between fact and fiction, real and imaginary events. This generic hybridism and ambiguity may be used to hide traumatic experiences, as in the case of Ford’s novel The Good Soldier.

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