Author ORCID Identifier
Year of Publication
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Arts and Sciences
Dr. Pearl James
Dr. Jordan Brower
Industrialization in 19th-Century America yielded a regrettable by-product: the modernization of warfare. Mass armies, technological innovation, and unprecedented rates of industrial productivity prompted the creation of machines designed to inspire fear, increase destructive capability, and inflict mass-death. The modernization of warfare altered forever the way war was experienced and represented literarily. Authors who attempted to represent the Civil and Spanish-American Wars, as well as World War I, articulated modernized warfare with a disillusionment which stems from the tragically dehumanizing effects of mechanical violence on an industrial scale. Myth, Mockery, & Misery argues that as far back as 1862, romantic idealization no longer seemed a tenable strategy for representing warfare— even in fiction. An examination the Civil War poetry of Herman Melville, Stephen Crane’s Spanish-American War sketches, and Ellen N. La Motte’s World War I memoir, not only pushes the advent of American disillusionment narratives further back on the historical timeline, but in so doing, evinces an aesthetical shift – or evolution – of disillusionment concurrent with the modernization of warfare.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Halkyard, Richard W., "MYTH, MOCKERY, & MISERY: AN EVOLUTION OF DISILLUSION IN MODERN-WAR EXPRESSION" (2023). Theses and Dissertations--English. 163.