Poetic Prosthetics: Trauma and Language in Contemporary Veteran Writing

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Poetic Prosthetics provides an analytical tool for reading war and trauma literature, focussing on contemporary British and American soldier writing, published online in various forums by the soldiers themselves since the onset of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in some cases, recent writings of veterans of the Falkland War.

The book presents a new perspective on the effect of violence on individual personalities as well as on the ability of veterans to reintegrate into society by addressing the damage done to language as an injury. It highlights that soldiers work through an incompatibility between a former way of life and their new linguistic reality by forming a different mode of speaking, through literature or poetry. The independent nature of these poems sheds light on the process of returning to life through writing, and on the life-giving force of literature for repatriated veterans.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)9781474498517
StatePublished - Nov 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Critical Military Studies
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


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