Experience and Memory of the First World War in Belgium
Comparative and Interdisciplinary Insights
2018, Historische Belgienforschung, Band 6, 228 pages, paperback, 29,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-3855-2
With contributions by
Pierre Bouchat, Elke Brems, Chantal Kesteloot, Olivier Klein, Olivier Luminet, Reine Meylaerts, Bernard Rimé, Valérie Rosoux, Rose Spijkerman, Myrthel Van Etterbeeck, Karla Vanraepenbusch, Laurence van Ypersele, Antoon Vrints, Geneviève Warland
The following topics as part of the historical, psychological and memory studies are addressed: emotions and writing strategies in a war context and attitudes towards the Germans based on the diaries of Belgian soldiers and scholars; the memory of the war in the two fort cities of Antwerp and Liege during the Interbellum; the literary reception of Tom Lanoye’s No Man’s Land and the impact of the reading of some poems to current Flemish students. Another issue concerning the social representations of the war investigates the representations of soldiers as heroes or as victims among young Europeans. As for the impact of war centenary commemoration events, they are analyzed firstly through the iconology of the First World War illustrated on stamps and secondly through the effects of exhibitions and documentaries on young Belgians.