Title

The conditional

Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

Keywords

Literature, Modern.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

'The Conditional' is a story that presents the Great War not as an historical event to be understood, but as an historical monstrosity to be transcended. The characters in the field, in this case, are on the "spiritual cutting edge," unable to coach themselves, morally, into believing in ' any' cause. They desert their units, foregoing action in favour of spiritual reflection and contemplation away from the front lines, in a secret ashraam on the Western Front.