Patrick Harsch

Yordanka Dimcheva

Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: A comparison of novels about WW1 published in the interwar period and after 1990
Supervisors: Nicholas Martin and Elystan Griffiths 


My thesis attempts to compare and contrast two groups of World War One fictional prose texts, the first one consisting of four novels written between the two world wars: Arnold Zweig's 'Junge Frau von 1914' & 'Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa', Franz Werfel's 'Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh', and Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway'. The second group contains novels published after 1990 by Avi Primor, Sébastien Japrisot, Pierre Lemaitre, Angelika Felenda, Ahmet Umit, Akram Aylisly, Chris Bohjalian and Pat Barker.

The main body of my thesis consists of four thematic chapters on Jewish assimilation, the Armenian genocide, military injustice and the inhumane treatment of shell-shocked WW1 soldiers, looked upon as four different examples of injustice in the context of WW1. In each of these chapters, one of the interwar novels is compared with its thematic post-1990 counterparts.