The end of the twentieth century saw a renewed critical and artistic interest in cultural representations and memories of the First World War, reflected in a plethora of films and novels in Britain and France, for example, a vast range of academic studies, and the creation of several research centres devoted to this conflict alone. At the beginning of this century, and as the war passed from living memory into History, nations became transfixed by the figure of the last veteran. Debates as to how to commemorate his passing preoccupied both politicians and the press. The figure of the veteran thus became the figure around which the memory of this war increasingly crystallised. As its hundredth anniversary draws near, this issue of the Journal of War and Culture Studies will explore the ways in which various cultures have portrayed veterans of the First World War, but also the varied ways in which veterans have represented themselves. It therefore seeks papers that study the representation of the First World War veteran or veterans’ self-representation from a variety of nations and cultural source material, including, but not limited to, literature, memoirs, film, photography, art, music and song. Authors may want to consider the social or political ends that such representations serve, as well as the diverse individuals who sought to claim veteran status, including not only ex-combatants, but also women, non-combatant men and those mobilised from colonies.
All articles should be 5,000–6,000 words in length, and follow the Intellect style guide, available online at:
Articles should be sent as e-mail attachments to Helena Scott: [email protected].