By Cynthia Dereli

Via an exam of the newspaper reporting of the Crimean struggle this booklet recreates a modern reader’s standpoint at the battle as a context for a attention of literature which was once written or released throughout the principal yr of the struggle. In so doing, the research presents a fresh new examine the works of a few significant nineteenth-century literary figures which seemed at present. The effect of the conflict context at the construction or reception in their paintings is explored. fabric lined comprises works by means of Dickens, Trollope, Gaskell, Tennyson and Kingsley. Poetry by means of ladies writers just about conflict additionally gets recognition. eventually, the e-book assesses the wealth of youth poetry which seemed within the newspapers and journals of the time and its function within the production of a struggle tradition. The research therefore opens up concerns which attach the operation of a warfare tradition within the interval of the Crimean warfare with the rhetoric of warfare within the early twenty-first century.

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120 Dissident voices such as that of Bright were given space only to be put down. 123 The Times too must have had a similar aim in mind when, in the editorial of 18 December, it used the phrase ‘the people’s war’. 124 But by December this stance, the possibility of unanimity on the war, was mere bluster or wishful thinking. The heroes of September had been shown to be ‘the suffering heroes’. The questions being asked about the war at the end of 1854 were not primarily about why it was being fought but about how the war was being conducted.

On 1 October the Sunday Times and the Observer both carried reports of ‘Great Victory on the Alma’ and ‘Rumoured Taking of Sebastopol by the Allied Armies’. This was an instance where it was not an advantage to be the first newspaper on the streets after the news broke. In the middle of the week the Manchester Guardian was still following the same line, but by Friday 7 October the banner headlines of the victory at the Alma were replaced by ‘Official Refutation’82 or ‘Official Contradiction’83 of the reported fall of Sebastopol.

This chapter will consider their work in the context of the general public preoccupation with the war in the East during those months. No clear statements of Dickens’s personal views on the war are now available to us; they must be sifted from his letters and speeches. W. 1 It is hard to dispute this statement, yet ‘patriotism’ is a shifting concept. It will be more appropriate here to consider Dickens’s comments on the war without subjecting them to a test of their patriotic content. In the spring of 1854 Dickens had escaped to France to finish writing Hard Times, and then to relax after his efforts.

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