Anzac, Literary Genre and Memory

'Lest we forget' is the phrase most commonly evoked by Anzac Day. Lying behind it is a community's desire to repress, put aside, forget. The opposing tendencies to forget, or to remember, have their historical (as well as personal) moments. In her introduction to Leonard Mann's novel Flesh in Armour (1932), Marjorie Barnard remarked that

On the whole writings about a war ... are not produced during or after a war. There is normally a period of shocked silence before writers become articulate.

Yet this view of memory and its translation into written forms may apply more to one genre, the novel, than to poetry or the short story. Memory is shaped in, and by, textual forms.

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Published 1 October 1996 in Volume 17 No. 4. Subjects: Australian war literature, War literature, World War I.

Cite as: Bennett, Bruce. ‘Anzac, Literary Genre and Memory.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 17, no. 4, 1996, doi: 10.20314/als.fa8917b734.