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Voices of the Great War

Thomas Cooper Library (Mezzanine Gallery)
Aug 1, 2007 - Sep 30, 2007
This exhibition has been mounted for the 90th anniversary of the U. S. declaration of war in 1917 on Germany and the Central Powers. The event is being marked by a series of exhibitions on South Carolina during World War I, at McKissick Museum and South Caroliniana Library on campus, and at the State Museum and the Confederate Relic Room in the Vista, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. While items from Thomas Cooper library's Great War collections have been loaned for those displays, this exhibition complements the others by taking a broader perspective focusing chiefly on the literary response to the war. The exhibition also gives the opportunity to display some more recent gifts and acquisitions not included in the library's previous exhibitions on Great War topics. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, under the following topics: 1. Ancestral Voices--the literary heritage of war 2. Eager Voices--Rupert Brooke, Charles Hamilton Sorley, and others 3. Subaltern Voices--Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves 4. Echoing Voices--McCrae's "In Flanders Field" and Alan Seeger's "Rendezvous" 5. Voices from the Ranks--Henri Barbusse, Frederic Manning, and others 6. Isaac Rosenberg: from the Joseph Cohen Collection 7. Voices of Dissent: Clifford Allen, Bertrand Russell, and others 8. Some Women's Voices--Vera Brittain, "Helen Zenna Smith," Rebecca West 9. The Samuel Bloom World War I Archive 10. Lawrence of Arabia 11. Some Post-War Voices--Erich Maria Remarque, Ernest Hemingway, and others