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Apollinaire's trench journalism and the affective public sphere

Birgit Van Puymbroeck UGent and Cedric Van Dijck UGent (2018) TEXAS STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE. 60(3).
abstract
This essay aims to make a critical contribution to the related fields of modernist studies and First World War studies by engaging with affect theory and print culture. It argues that material documents help us understand how an affective public sphere was created during the First World War. Print materials such as periodicals and small poetry volumes circulated between the front and the home front. They documented everyday experiences and gave expression to the affective circumstances of the war through their content and materiality. Guillaume Apollinaire’s war writings serve as a case in point. The Polish-born French poet contributed to the general, avant-garde, and soldiers’ press, bridging the traditional divide between the front and the home front. He commented on everyday life in his chronicle “La Vie anecdotique” in the Mercure de France, submitted poems to avant-garde journals from the frontline, and was involved with various trench publications. By linking affect theory with Apollinaire’s avant-garde writings, this essay shows how modernists’ responses to the war were not just ironic or romantic, but also affective. It further asks how visceral experiences were generated on and off the page, thus establishing a link between the recent material and affective turns in modernist scholarship.
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keyword
Apollinaire, First World War, Affect, Materiality, Trench Journalism
journal title
TEXAS STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE
volume
60
issue
3
ISSN
0040-4691
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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8042499
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8042499
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2016-08-01 09:38:19
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2017-11-16 08:26:46
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  author       = {Van Puymbroeck, Birgit and Van Dijck, Cedric},
  issn         = {0040-4691},
  journal      = {TEXAS STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE},
  keyword      = {Apollinaire,First World War,Affect,Materiality,Trench Journalism},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  title        = {Apollinaire's trench journalism and the affective public sphere},
  volume       = {60},
  year         = {2018},
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Chicago
Van Puymbroeck, Birgit, and Cedric Van Dijck. 2018. “Apollinaire’s Trench Journalism and the Affective Public Sphere.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 60 (3).
APA
Van Puymbroeck, B., & Van Dijck, C. (2018). Apollinaire’s trench journalism and the affective public sphere. TEXAS STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE, 60(3).
Vancouver
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Van Puymbroeck B, Van Dijck C. Apollinaire’s trench journalism and the affective public sphere. TEXAS STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE. 2018;60(3).
MLA
Van Puymbroeck, Birgit, and Cedric Van Dijck. “Apollinaire’s Trench Journalism and the Affective Public Sphere.” TEXAS STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE 60.3 (2018): n. pag. Print.