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Book Exit strategies : reimagining retreat in modern American war literature / by Matthew David Perry.
Publication year: 2008.
Call Number PN3448.W3 P47 2008a
Media class: Book
Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Tulsa, 2008.
Extent: xii, 211 leaves ; 29 cm.
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This dissertation examines the genesis and development of retreat from war as a theme in American literature. It surveys varying characterizations of retreat modernist American writers produce, provides a taxonomy of the manner in which they individually employ the theme of retreat, and considers the portrayals they craft. The study argues that E. E. Cummings in The enormous room, John Dos Passos in Three soldiers, Thomas Boyd in Through the wheat, Edith Wharton in A son at the front, and Ernest Hemingway in A farewell to arms establish a paradigm for characterizing retreat in the fictive worlds of their books that reverberates throughout the twentieth century. The paradigm reconfigures retreat from a collective act to an individualized action, from an actual act of physical departure to a psychological and imaginative act, and from a defeated response to a subversive confrontation.
Decomposing the "machine of decomposition" : conflating retreat and attack in E. E. Cummings' The enormous room -- From drills to dreams : "making the mould" of retreat in John Dos Passos' Three soldiers -- The soul's retreat : mental departure in Thomas Boyd's Through the wheat and Edith Wharton's A son at the front -- Retreating retreat in Ernest Hemingway's A farewell to arms.