Literary Reactions to World War I: A Study of Writers in Opposition

Open Access
Carey, Melissa Amy
Area of Honors:
English (University College)
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Lawrence Caserio Jr., Thesis Supervisor
  • Lisa Ruth Sternlieb, Honors Advisor
  • Hemingway
  • Kosztolányi
  • World War I
In order to deal with the brutality of the World War I, many turned to writing to let out their pain and emotion; writers on both sides dealt with the aftermath of the war through writing. American writer, Ernest Hemingway and Hungarian writer Dezső Kosztolányi, men on opposite sides of war, approached the war in their writings quite differently, but their works contain similar examples of loss. Both Hemingway and Kosztolányi use miscarriage, abortion and prematurity, both literally and metaphorically as a means of expressing political views. This paper will provide a historical and political view of World War I in order to better place and give context to the work of Ernest Hemingway and Dezső Kosztolányi. Works by both authors will be analyzed in order to better understand the conversation between literary reactions to World War I from men on opposite sides of the war.