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:
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Literature and its Times: profiles of 300 notable literary works and the historical events that influenced them, vol. 3 by Joyce Moss and George Wilson, editors
Call Number: REF 809.933 v.3
Publication Date: 1997
Contains profiles of three hundred notable literary works written from ancient times through the end of the twentieth century, relating them to the historical context in which they were written and in which they are set.
All Quiet on the Western Front: Literary Analysis and Cultural Context by Richard A. Firda
Call Number: 833.912 Rem F
Publication Date: 1993
Discusses the influence, historical context and critical reception of Remarque's antiwar novel.
The Jazz Age in France by Charles A. Riley II.
Call Number: 944.361 Ril
Publication Date: 2004
Presents a look artists, writers, musicians, and composers that called postwar France home in the 1920s, covering lesser known expatriates and well-know celebreties including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Cole Porter, Jean Coteau, Pablo Picasso, John Dos Passos, and more.
London by Donna Dailey and John Tomedi
Call Number: 820.994 Dai
Publication Date: 2005
Discusses London locations that have inspired or been home to such authors as Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, and Salman Rushdie, arranged period by period from the Norman Conquest through the end of the twentieth century. Check out Chapter 8: London between the wars.
The Modernist Period by Patrick Lee-Browne
Call Number: 820.93 Lee
Publication Date: 2002
English literature in its historical, cultural and social contexts.
War in Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front by Noah Berlatsky (Editor)
Call Number: 833.912 War
Publication Date: 2013
A collection of essays that explore how war is presented in Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front," providing information on the author's life and the writing of the text, and addressing contemporary perspectives on various aspects of war. Includes discussion questions, a list of suggested reading, and a bibliography.
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A British poet of little note before the war, he became one of the best known – and most controversial – poets and novelists to emerge from the First World War as a result of his increasingly anti-war stance. Learn more about him and his work through this Imperial War Museum feature.