This paper traces a history of the phenomenon of trench journalism across national and linguistic borders. While scholars have examined how trench journals allow us access to the lifeworlds of soldiers in the First World War, very little is known about how and where magazines were produced. In this paper, we look at the practicalities of magazine production in wartime, and pay particular attention to how production methods, materials and places—including ad-hoc editorial offices set up in trenches and mailing rooms in military hospitals—may differ across the three allied armies under consideration here. In a second step, the paper profiles the trench journalist himself (or, occasionally, herself): from anonymous voices now lost to history to established authors like Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.
Professor Marysa Demoor amd Dr Cedric Van Dijck (Ghent University)
Venue: Eliot Lecture Theatre 2, Eliot College, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NS
This event is part of the First World War Seminar Series organised by In Flanders Fields Museum and Gateways to the First World War. All seminars are free and open to all. The full seminar programme is published here.
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