War/La Guerre (ECF Fall-Winter 2006-7, 19.1-2)

War/La Guerre (ECF Fall-Winter 2006-7, 19.1-2)

ISSN: 0840–6286
E-ISSN: 1911-0243
This Journal is online at: ECF Online and ProjectMUSE
Price: $20.00
Description
Theme Issues

War/La Guerre (ECF Fall-Winter 2006-7, 19.1-2)
Introduction by Julie Park

From Julie Park's introduction: "Some eighteenth-century artifacts, if not novels, succeed in embodying the charismatic and willfully deceiving (as well as self-deceiving) fabric of war on domestic ground. The 'ancient' fortress of Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, for instance, designed by Sanderson Miller in 1751 and built in 1772, appears, as most follies do, to reflect a romanticizing eighteenth-century view of Gothic ruins, and the acquisitive desire to reconstruct them. However, the very framing of the 'ancient' fortalice as a folly or fake also works to reinforce the dual meanings of 'fabric' as both an edifice and a contrivance. On the one hand, the medieval fortalice resurfaces in eighteenth-century domestic architecture as a fictional relic of military technology, almost surrendering to the notion of fortification as fiction. On the other hand, it mediates the notion that fiction can represent the face of war in domestic life, but only as a 'ruin' that is spurious but made charming by its own wit. Beginning with a gun, and ending with a female sailor, this special issue elaborates on the manifold relationships between fiction and war -- notional or textual -- distilled in the folly.

Recommend this journal

: *
: *
: *
Type the characters you see in the picture. (If you do not see any picture here, please enable images in your web browser options and refresh this page):