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War and the Mind

Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, Modernism, and Psychology

Edited by Ashley Chantler, Rob Hawkes

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New critical essays illuminate Ford Madox Ford’s epic First World War modernist masterpiece, Parade’s End

This is the first full-length critical study of Parade’s End to focus on the psychological effects of the war. Originally published in 4 volumes between 1924 and 1928, Parade’s End has been described as ‘the finest novel about the First World War’ (Anthony Burgess), ‘the greatest war novel ever written by an Englishman’ (Samuel Hynes), ‘a central Modernist novel of the 1920s, in which it is exemplary’ (Malcolm Bradbury), and ‘possibly the greatest 20th-century novel in English’ (John N. Gray).

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Contents

Introduction (Ashley Chantler and Rob Hawkes)
1. ‘Sex ferocity’ and ‘the sadic lusts of certain novelists’: Sexuality, Sadomasochism, and Suppression in Parade’s End (Max Saunders)
2. Freud Madox Ford: Impressionism, Psychoanalytic Trauma Theory, and Ford’s Wartime Writing
(Karolyn Steffens)
3. Empathy, Trauma, and the Space of War in Parade’s End (Eve Sorum)
4. Fellow Feeling in Ford’s Last Post: Modernist Empathy and the Eighteenth-Century Man (Meghan Marie Hammond)
5. The Self-Analysis of Christopher Tietjens (Barbara Farnworth)
6. Composing the War and the Mind
Composing Parade’s End (Alexandra Becquet)
7. The Work of Sleep: Insomnia and Discipline in Ford and Sassoon (Sarah Kingston)
8. Representing Shell Shock: A Return to Ford and Rebecca West (Charlotte Jones)
9. ‘I hate soldiering’: Ford, May Sinclair, and War Heroism (Leslie de Bont)
10. Peace of Mind in Parade’s End (Gene M. Moore)
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Dr Ashley Chantler is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester. He is the series editor of Character Studies (Continuum); author of ‘Heart of Darkness’: Character Studies (Continuum, 2008); co-editor of Translation Practices: Through Language to Culture (Rodopi, 2009), Studying English Literature (Continuum 2010), and Literature and Authenticity, 1780–1900 (Ashgate, 2011); and editor of the Ford Madox Ford Society Newsletter. He is currently editing, with Rob Hawkes, Ford Madox Ford: An Introduction (Ashgate).

Dr Rob Hawkes is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at Teesside University. He is the author of Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns: Edwardian Fiction and the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and the Ford Madox Ford Society’s Publicity Officer. He is currently editing, with Ashley Chantler, Ford Madox Ford: An Introduction (Ashgate).

Reviews

War and the Mind focusses subtly on Parade's End and the Great War but also illuminates many other works by Ford, William James, May Sinclair, Rebecca West, and Virginia Woolf. Essential reading for scholars of war and gender studies, trauma theory, modernism, and the fictional relation of sex to violence.

- Martin Stannard, Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Leicester

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