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World War I Narratives and the American Peace Movement, 1920-1936

Title: World War I Narratives and the American Peace Movement, 1920-1936.
Name(s): Nank, Christopher, author
Fenstermaker, John, professor directing dissertation
Jumonville, Neil, outside committee member
Rowe, Anne, committee member
McElrath, Joseph, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The aim of this project is to conduct analyses of twelve American novels and one short story collection published between 1920 and 1936 and to demonstrate their effect in scripting cultural memory and in shaping public sentiment toward military intervention in the United States during that period. Specifically, these novels, all dealing directly with the First World War or its fallout/aftermath, provided a rhetorical framework within which pacifist, isolationist, and anti-militarist elements were ultimately able to influence legislation directly regarding the role America would play in the world's conflicts until 1941. Furthermore, following years of official propaganda and press censorship and in the absence of any modern mass media, they represented for the post-war public nearly the sole outlet through which the experience of the war could be "accurately" or "authoritatively" rendered. As a result, American public feeling toward military intervention turned increasingly negative during the interwar period, mirroring in many ways the fictional works' own bitter and disillusioned (if not outright horrified or defeated) tones. Highlighting the theories of Vincent J. Roscigno's and William Danaher's 2001 study on the "shaping" ability of music on the goals and aims of striking textile workers in the 1930s South, I will demonstrate a parallel effect of these selected American World War I novels during the 1920s and 1930s.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2747 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy..
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: April 29, 2005.
Keywords: Lost Generation, Pacifism, War Fiction, World War, American History
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: John Fenstermaker, Professor Directing Dissertation; Neil Jumonville, Outside Committee Member; Anne Rowe, Committee Member; Joseph McElrath, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
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Owner Institution: FSU

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