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Telling War Stories: Rhetoric of the Great War

Telling War Stories: Rhetoric of the Great War

Friday, May 27, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016
Red Cloud Opera House Gallery
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
I Was There by Cyrus Leroy Baldridge, 1919.

Though the focus of the 61st annual Willa Cather Spring Conference was the literature of Willa Cather and her contemporaries as it reflects the First World War, literature is only one response. “Telling War Stories” highlights other rhetorical tactics from the period—persuasive and inspirational words and images that affected not only Cather and other writers, but the reading public as a whole, the politicians who decided the course of the war, the soldiers themselves and their loved ones. This exhibit gives a historical framework that is accessible and visually interesting for all audiences, while addressing a larger question of the language of war and peace.