Taylor, David (2013) Memory, narrative and The Great War: Rifleman Patrick MacGill and the Construction of Wartime Experience. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK. ISBN 9781846318719

Memory, Narrative and the Great War examines the varied and complex war writings of Patrick MacGill within a contemporary framework. It shows how MacGill shifted from heroic wartime narratives in his autobiographical writings to the pessimistic, guilt-ridden characters in his postwar novel, Fear!, and play, Suspense. Using these texts to show how MacGill remembered and re-remembered his wartime experiences, it analyzes MacGill’s writings with implications for a broader interpretation of Great War literature, highlighting wartime memory and narrative as an ever-changing kaleidoscope in which pieces of memory take on different—but equally valid—shapes with the passing of time.

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