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The Resource Tense future : modernism, total war, encyclopedic form, Paul K. Saint-Amour

Tense future : modernism, total war, encyclopedic form, Paul K. Saint-Amour

Label
Tense future : modernism, total war, encyclopedic form
Title
Tense future
Title remainder
modernism, total war, encyclopedic form
Statement of responsibility
Paul K. Saint-Amour
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We know that trauma can leave syndromes in its wake. But can the anticipation of violence be a form of violence as well? Tense Future argues that it can-that twentieth-century war technologies and practices, particularly the aerial bombing of population centers, introduced non-combatants to a coercive and traumatizing expectation. During wartime, civilians braced for the next raid; during peacetime they braced for the next war. The pre-traumatic stress they experienced permeates the century's public debates and cultural works. In a series of groundbreaking readings, Saint-Amour illustrates how air war prophets theorized the wounding power of anticipation, how archive theory changed course in war's shadow, and how speculative fiction conjured visions of a civilizational collapse that would end literacy itself. And in this book's central chapters, he shows us how Ford Madox Ford, Robert Musil, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and other interwar modernist writers faced the memory of one war and the prospect of another, some by pitting their fictions' encyclopedic scale and formal turbulence against total war, others by conceding war's inevitability while refusing to long for a politically regressive peace. Total war: a conflict that exempts no one, disregarding any difference between soldier and civilian. Tense Future forever alters our understanding of the concept of total war by tracing its emergence during the First World War, its incubation in air power theory between the wars, and above all its profound partiality. For total war, during most of the twentieth century, meant conflict between imperial nation states; it did not include the violence those states routinely visited on colonial subjects during peacetime. Tacking back and forth between metropole and colony, between world war and police action, Saint-Amour describes the interwar refashioning of a world system of violence-production, one that remains largely intact in our own moment of perpetual interwar. --Provided by publisher
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Saint-Amour, Paul K
Dewey number
809/.9112
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.M54
LC item number
S25 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Modernism (Literature)
  • War and literature
  • War in literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • War and literature
  • War in literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • War and literature
  • War in literature
Label
Tense future : modernism, total war, encyclopedic form, Paul K. Saint-Amour
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
890377271
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 347 pages
Isbn
9780190200954
Lccn
2014024774
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)890377271
Label
Tense future : modernism, total war, encyclopedic form, Paul K. Saint-Amour
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
890377271
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 347 pages
Isbn
9780190200954
Lccn
2014024774
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)890377271

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