Visions of War: World War II in Popular Literature and Culture

Visions of War: World War II in Popular Literature and Culture

by M. Paul Holsinger
     
 

For Americans World War II was “a good war,” a war that was worth fighting. Even as the conflict was underway, a myriad of both fictional and nonfictional books began to appear examining one or another of  the raging battles. These essays  examine some of the best literature and popular culture of World War II. Many of the studies focus on

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For Americans World War II was “a good war,” a war that was worth fighting. Even as the conflict was underway, a myriad of both fictional and nonfictional books began to appear examining one or another of  the raging battles. These essays  examine some of the best literature and popular culture of World War II. Many of the studies focus on women, several are about children, and all concern themselves with the ways that the war changed lives. While many of the contributors concern themselves with the United States, there are essays about Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879725556
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
IOn the War Fronts
Snapshots in the Book of War: Lincoln Kirstein's Rhymes of a Pfc8
New Heroes: Post War Hollywood's Image of World War II18
In Which We Serve: Noel Coward's Vision of the British Navy at War27
The War in the East: Theodor Plievier's Novels Moscow, Stalingrad and Berlin36
Learning to Fight the Nazis: The Education of Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd47
Telling the Truth: Women Spy Narratives of the Second World War56
Women's War Stories: The Legacy of South Pacific Internment67
Survival! Polish Children During World War II78
IG Farben's Synthetic War Crimes and Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow85
IIOn the Home Fronts
The Art of Making War: The Political Poster in Global Conflict96
Madison Avenue Goes to War: Patriotism in Advertising During World War II114
"If You're Nervous in the Service...": Training Songs of Female Soldiers in the '40s127
Rosie the Riveter and the Eight-Hour Orphan: The Image of Child Day Care During World War II138
Told Without Bitterness: Autobiographical Accounts of the Relocation of Japanese-Americans and Canadians During World War II149
An Absence of Soldiers: Wartime Fiction by British Women160
"Some Classic Pattern" Pens and Needles on the Home Front170
A Cry for Life: Storm Jameson, Stevie Smith, and the Fate of Europe's Jews181
Cannibalism and Anorexia, or Feast and Famine in French Occupation Narrative191
Contributors201

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