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Memory, Narrative and the Great War
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Memory, Narrative and the Great War: Rifleman Patrick MacGill and the Construction of Wartime Experience

David Taylor


Through a detailed examination of the varied and complex war writings of Patrick MacGill, the book examines the way in which the experience of war is constructed and reconstructed as authorial circumstances changed. It seeks to explain how his interpretation of war shifted from the heroic wartime autobiographical trilogy, with its emphasis on ‘the romance of the riflemen’, to the pessimistic and guilt-ridden interpretations in his post-war novel Fear! and play Suspense. Drawing on insights from cognitive psychology, It is argued that rather than being contradictory both interpretations are ‘tr ... More

Keywords: Great War, Patrick MacGill, Memory, Narrative, Cognitive psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318719
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Taylor, author