Personal Narratives, Peripheral Theatres: Essays on the Great War (1914–18)

  • Anthony Barker
  • Maria Eugénia Pereira
  • Maria Teresa Cortez
  • Paulo Alexandre Pereira
  • Otília Martins

Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Also part of the Issues in Literature and Culture book sub series (ILC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Personal Narratives of War

  3. Peripheral Theatres of War

  4. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271

About this book


This book is a collection of essays on neglected aspects of the Great War. It begins by asking what exactly was so "Great" about it, before turning to individual studies of various aspects of the war. These fall broadly into two categories. Firstly personal, micro-narratives that deal directly with the experience of war, often derived from contemporary interest in diaries and oral histories. Presenting both a close-up view of the viscerality, and the tedium and powerlessness of personal situations, these same narratives also address the effects of the war on hitherto under-regarded groups such as children and animals. Secondly, the authors look at the impact of the course of the war on theatres, often left out in reflections on the main European combatants and therefore not part of the regular iconography of the trenches in places such as Denmark, Canada, India, the Levant, Greece and East Africa.


Great War Accounts ww1 Micronarratives First World War memoirs Great War History Theater in Great War Meaning of the Great War Impact of World War 1 Children's Experience of the Great War

Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony Barker
    • 1
  • Maria Eugénia Pereira
    • 2
  • Maria Teresa Cortez
    • 3
  • Paulo Alexandre Pereira
    • 4
  • Otília Martins
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Languages and CulturesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Languages and CulturesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Languages and CulturesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  4. 4.Department of Languages and CulturesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  5. 5.Department of Languages and CulturesUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66850-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66851-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-7648
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-7656
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