Pacifism and English Literature

Minstrels of Peace

  • Authors
  • R. S. White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Literature and Peace Studies

    1. R. S. White
      Pages 1-12
  3. From Minstrels to Martyrs

    1. R. S. White
      Pages 13-20
  4. Pacifist Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. R. S. White
      Pages 23-52
    3. R. S. White
      Pages 53-81
  5. A Brief Pacifist History of English Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. R. S. White
      Pages 85-109
    3. R. S. White
      Pages 110-138
    4. R. S. White
      Pages 139-177
    5. R. S. White
      Pages 178-207
    6. R. S. White
      Pages 208-231
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-299

About this book


This timely book traces ideas of pacifism in English literature, particularly poetry. Early chapters, drawing on religious and secular traditions, provide intellectual contexts. There follows a chronological analysis of literature which rejects war and celebrates peace, from the Middle Ages to the present day.


English literature Middle Ages Ovid poetry prose Renaissance Romanticism William Shakespeare

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