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British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People's War [NOOK Book]

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Analyzing conflicted representations of class and gender in British literature and film of the Blitz, this book interrogates the ideal of the People's War, which claimed to unite men and women of all classes in defense of the home front. The subtitle - Fighting the People's War - describes the way that British citizens not only cooperated to fight Nazi Germany but also questioned the nationalist ideology binding them together. The paradox of the People's War is that it counters a totalitarian threat with a ...

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British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People's War

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Overview

Analyzing conflicted representations of class and gender in British literature and film of the Blitz, this book interrogates the ideal of the People's War, which claimed to unite men and women of all classes in defense of the home front. The subtitle - Fighting the People's War - describes the way that British citizens not only cooperated to fight Nazi Germany but also questioned the nationalist ideology binding them together. The paradox of the People's War is that it counters a totalitarian threat with a potentially totalizing ideal: because it is both patriotic and utopian, the rhetoric resists critique, even though the right to question compulsory nationalism was precisely what Britain was fighting for. Above all else, British Literature of the Blitz values the voicing of individual opinion, even - or especially - when individuals do not agree: a utopia that denies the freedom to critique utopianism is no utopia at all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230269040
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/18/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 694 KB

Meet the Author

KRISTINE A. MILLER is Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of English at Utah State University. She has published on modern British literature in Modern Fiction Studies, Genre, Twentieth Century Literature and the Jourbanal of Modern Literature.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction fighting the People's War 1

1 Mobile Women in Elizabeth Bowen's War Writing 26

2 Immobile Women in Rosamond Lehmann's War Writing 59

3 Real Men in Henry Green's War Writing 83

4 No Escape in the Detective and Spy Fiction of Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Graham Greene 116

5 The Film-Minded Public 152

Notes 189

Bibliography 197

Index 209

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