British Writing of the Second World War

Hardcover | June 15, 2000

byMark Rawlinson

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British Writing of the Second World War is the first study to provide a detailed critical and historical survey of British literary culture in wartime. Concerned as much with war as with writing, it explores the significance of cultural representations of violence to the administration of thewar effort. A theoretical account of the symbolic practices which connect military violence to policy provides a framework for analysing imaginative and documentary literature in its relations both to propaganda and to Peoples War ideals of social reconstruction. The book evaluates wartime fictionsand memoirs in the context of official and unofficial discourses about military aviation, the Blitz, campaigns in North Africa, war aims, the conscript Army and the Home Front, Prisoners of War, and the Holocaust. It uncovers the processes by which the meanings the war had for participants wereproduced, and provides an extensive bibliographical resource for future scholarship.

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British Writing of the Second World War is the first study to provide a detailed critical and historical survey of British literary culture in wartime. Concerned as much with war as with writing, it explores the significance of cultural representations of violence to the administration of thewar effort. A theoretical account of the sym...

Mark Rawlinson is Lecturer in English, University of Leicester

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184565

ISBN - 13:9780198184560

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reconnaissance: Violence, Representation, and Britain's Second World War2. The Figure of the Airman3. What targets for bombs: Spectacle, Reconstruction, and the London Blitz4. Side Show or Second Front?: The Legibility of Battle in North Africa5. War Aims and Outcomes6. Were All Prisoners of WarConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`This is the most authoritave study so far of the culture of the second world war. Mark Rawlinson's survey of poetry, fiction, autobiography, film and journalism is wide ranging as well as profoundly researched and theoretically alert ... Not the least of this book's virtues is its scrupulousreassessment of the concept of the people's war.'Rod Mengham, Times Higher Education Supplement, 13 April 2001