Irony and All That

William Philpott, 'Irony and All That: The Representation of War in First World War Soldiers’ Writings', Spring 2011

William Philpott explores the complex range of soldiers’ representations of the war, which were much more varied than suggested by the hitherto predominant narrative of disenchantment, disillusionment and tragedy. In fact there were ‘myriad attempts to find meaning’: the war remains a living war not least because of constant and continuing changes in the way it has been interpreted ever since it ended.