Comparing Grief in French, British and Canadian Great War Fiction (1977-2014) offers a comparative analysis of twenty-three First World War novels. Engaging with such themes as war trauma, facial disfigurement, women’s war identities, communal bonds, as well as the concepts of mourning and post-memory, Anna Branach-Kallas and Piotr Sadkowski identify the dominant trends in recent French, British and Canadian fiction about the Great War. Referring to historical, sociological, philosophical and literary sources, they show how, by both consolidating and contesting national myths, fiction continues to construct the 1914-1918 conflict as a cultural trauma, illuminating at the same time some of our most recent ethical concerns.
Anna Branach-Kallas, Ph.D., D. Litt., is Associate Professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. She has published monographs and over seventy articles on corporeality, diaspora, trauma and war, as well as postcolonial and comparative literature in English and French.
Piotr Sadkowski, Ph.D., D. Litt., is Associate Professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. He has published a monograph and many articles on such topics as war, myth, migration, intertextuality and post-memory in francophone literatures.
All readers interested in the First World War, its fictional representation, recent novels in English and French, as well as comparative literary studies.