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Interwar Years (Laffey, Lytle, Michel)

Tenth grade project examining the Political & Social Impact of World War I

Modernism & other postwar literary movements

The "Lost Generation":

  • Consider a key member (T.S. Eliot, Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Yeats, John Dos Passos.).
  • How did their experiences in the war or outisde their own countries shape their views and writing? 
  • Focus on a particular writer. 

Read a novel or short story or poem and analyze its historic significance. 

How did it reflect and/or give shape to post-World War I ideas?

  • Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
  • Franz Kafka's short stories
  • Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus

Read and investigate the significance of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Why was it banned in Hitler's Nazi Germany?

Other authors of the time:

  • James Joyce
  • Wilfred Owen
  • Sartre
  • Sigfried Sassoon
  • Paul Valery

Selected resources