War and Literature

Commiserating with the Enemy

Edited by
January 2020
145 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03921-910-0 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03921-911-7 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue War and Literature: Commiserating with the Enemy that was published in

Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

This Special Issue focuses specifically on the topic of commiseration with the “enemy” within war literature. The articles included in this Special Issue show authors and/or literary characters attempting to understand the motives, beliefs, and cultural values of those who have been defined by their nations as their enemies. This process of attempting to understand the orientation of defined “enemies” often shows that the soldier has begun a process of reflection about why he or she is part of the war experience. The texts included in this issue also show how political authorities often resort to propaganda and myth-making tactics that are meant to convince soldiers that they are fighting opponents who are evil, sub-human, etc., and are therefore their direct enemies. Literary texts that show an author and/or literary character trying to reflect against state-supported definitions of good/evil, right/wrong, and ally/enemy often present an opportunity to reevaluate the purposes of war and one’s moral responsibility during wartime.

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First World War; Second World War; Wilfred Owen; Keith Douglas; Randall Jarrell; war poetry; distance; soldiers; enemies; encounters; World War I; Italian Front; memoir; Emilio Lussu; trench warfare; Irish literature; Northern Ireland; political conflict; terrorism; Edna O’Brien; Anne Devlin; fiction; World War I; war poetry; cognitive dissonance; enemies; encounters; Siegfried Sassoon; Wilfred Owen; Robert Graves; Ford Madox Ford; Herbert Read; Robert Service; English Civil War; Lucy Hutchinson; Margaret Cavendish; empathy; J. R. R. Tolkien; fantasy; war; narrative; ideology; Indian Wars; George Armstrong Custer; war narratives; colonialism; settler-colonialism; Western American literature; frontier literature; A Long Long Way; Sebastian Barry; contemporary Irish fiction; 1916 Easter Rising; Ireland; World War One; war writing; war literature; masculinity; Islamophobia; interpreter; Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya; Will Mackin; Luke Mogelson; Afghanistan; oral tradition; Homer; captive-women; Briseis; Andromache; funeral songs; rhetoric in the mahabharat; krishan’s rhetoric; vyas’ rhetoric; commiseration in arjun; south-asian rhetoric; enemyship; rhetoric; reconciliation; commiseration; Vietnam/Vietnamese; Hmong; war