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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 The Boredom and Futility of War in Patrick White's Fiction
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This article investigates the representation of war in terms of uselessness and waste in the fiction of Patrick White, with a particular emphasis on the short story “After Alep”, written in 1945 when the writer was enrolled in the RAF as an Intelligence Officer. By analysing the story in the light of White’s approach to the war as to “the most horrifying and wasteful period” of his life (Marr 1992: 493), the article attempts to demonstrate how the narrative devices used by White contribute to demythologize the rhetoric of the war and of war heroes in a way that may be instrumental in conveying a message of peace out of the ultimate sense of futility transmitted by any war.

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    y separately published work icon Le Simplegadi Interrogating the Representations of Peace and War in English Literature/s : Theories, Texts, History and Social Practices no. 15 April 2016 9740186 2016 periodical issue 2016 pg. 65-73 Section: Articles
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