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Author Lassner, Phyllis, 1936-

Title British women writers of World War II [electronic resource] ; battlegrounds of their own / Phyllis Lassner.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 304 p.
Notes Electronic book text.
Epublication based on: 9780333721957, 1998.
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction 'Differences that Divide and Bind' From Fascism in Britain to World War: Dystopic Warnings 'The Future is our Business': Dystopic Visions of Hitler's Victory No Place Like Home: The British Home Front 'Perpetual Civil War': Domestic Romances of Britain's Fate Keeping Faith with the Conquered: Fictions of the European Home Front Defending Europe's Others Notes Bibliography Index.
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Summary In British Women Writers of World War II, Phyllis Lassner offers a challenging analysis of British women's literature of the 1930s and 40s in which they debated the 'justness' of a Second World War. Through close readings of women's complex range of pacifist and activist roles and writing, Lassner questions prevailing approaches to the subject of women and war. As she shows women writers redefining traditional pieties of patriotism and duty and categories of hero and victim, prevailing political labels as conservative and liberal are also called into question. Drawing upon fiction, essays, and memoirs, Lassner explores the war writing of such well known figures as Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, and Stevie Smith in relation to equally powerful representations of war by Naomi Mitchison and Olivia Manning and by many rediscovered women writers, including Storm Jameson and Phyllis Bottome.
'Lassner is a masterful reader of these fictions; her readings are supported by intertextual analysis, and biographical details are used to illuminate, but not stand in for, interpretation.' - Meg Albrinck, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Audience Undergraduate.
System notes PDF.
History notes PHYLLIS LASSNER teaches Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, and Writing at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA. She is the author of two books on Elizabeth Bowen, essays on British women writers of the interwar and World War II periods, and the introduction to a rediscovered feminist classic, the 1910 novel by Karin Michaelis, The Dangerous Age.
Subject English literature -- History and criticism.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Literature and the war -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Literature and the war.
Women and literature -- History -- 20th century -- Great Britain.
English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
English literature -- History and criticism -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Great Britain.
Patriotism in literature.
Literary studies: from c 1900 - -- English -- 20th century -- Europe.
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers -- English -- 20th century -- Europe.
Gender studies: women -- English -- 20th century -- Europe.
European history -- English -- 20th century -- Europe.
Second World War -- English -- 20th century -- Europe.
English literature Women authors History and criticism World War, 1939-1945 Literature and the war
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