Writing War in the Age of Sterne: The Seven Years' War and A Sentimental Journey

Ildiko Csengei

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Abstract

This essay proposes to read A Sentimental Journey as a piece of war-writing, in the context of first-hand accounts of life during the Seven Years’ War written by soldiers, civilians and travellers. While Sterne’s account focuses on Yorick’s mental and emotional journey, I will read a range of primary sources from the period to uncover what the novel strives to suppress: the immediate experience (physical and emotional) of war on those who participated in it or observed it, as well as the state of Europe (especially England and France) during this time of conflict.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Shandean
Volume31
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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