Novelist and academic John Owen Theobald sets out a passionate defence of urban foxes, exploring the fox’s role in folklore and culture from Roman Times to modern London. Weaving together classical literature and contemporary news stories, philosophy and humour, Theobald argues for a greater appreciation of both the fox and our interconnectedness with the natural world. A brief work with an epic sweep.
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Facing Up to War is a collection of unique and searching essays on the literature of WWI and WWII.
What do literary works tell us about the experience of war? What does it say about literature, that some of our most cherished works are the product of war? And what does it say about us and our appetite for conflict?
The ten essays also address an unexplored range of literary responses to WWI and WWII, looking at poetry, novels, oral histories, myths, and memoirs from writers such as Charles Edward Montague, Ernst Jünger, Cecil Lewis, Florence Farmborough, Storm Jameson, Joy Kogawa, Keith Douglas, Ishikawa Tatsuzo, and Anna Akhmatova.
Facing Up to War will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University (Summer, 2017). For a sample from the upcoming collection, click here.