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Own readings of thirteen major writers Keith Gandal seeks to put American literature written after the Great War in its proper context as a response to the shocks of war and meritocracy The supposedly antiwar texts of noncombatant Lost Generation authors Dos Passos Hemingway Fitzgerald Cummings and Faulkner addressed often in coded ways the noncombatant failure to measure upGandal also examines combat soldier writers William March Thomas Boyd Laurence Stallings and Hervey Allen Their works are considered straight forward antiwar narratives but they are i.
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American World War I literature has long been interpreted as an alienated outcry against modern warfare and government propaganda This prevailing reading ignores the US army's unprecedented attempt during World War I to assign men except notoriously African Americans to positions and ranks based on merit And it misses the fact that the culture granted masculinity only to combatants while the noncombatant majority of doughboys experienced a different alienation that of shameDrawing on military archives current research by social military historians and his.
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N addition shaped by experiences of meritocratic recognition especially meaningful for socially disadvantaged men Gandal further contextualizes the sole World War I novel by an African American veteran Victor Daly revealing a complex experience of both army discrimination and empowerment among the French Finally Gandal explores three women writers Katherine Anne Porter Willa Cather and Ellen La Motte who saw the war create frontline opportunities for women while allowing them to be arbiters of masculinity at home Ultimately War Isn't the Only Hell shows h.