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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879725556
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Pages: 203
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I On the War Fronts
Snapshots in the Book of War: Lincoln Kirstein's Rhymes of a Pfc 8
New Heroes: Post War Hollywood's Image of World War II 18
In Which We Serve: Noel Coward's Vision of the British Navy at War 27
The War in the East: Theodor Plievier's Novels Moscow, Stalingrad and Berlin 36
Learning to Fight the Nazis: The Education of Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd 47
Telling the Truth: Women Spy Narratives of the Second World War 56
Women's War Stories: The Legacy of South Pacific Internment 67
Survival! Polish Children During World War II 78
IG Farben's Synthetic War Crimes and Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow 85
II On the Home Fronts
The Art of Making War: The Political Poster in Global Conflict 96
Madison Avenue Goes to War: Patriotism in Advertising During World War II 114
"If You're Nervous in the Service...": Training Songs of Female Soldiers in the '40s 127
Rosie the Riveter and the Eight-Hour Orphan: The Image of Child Day Care During World War II 138
Told Without Bitterness: Autobiographical Accounts of the Relocation of Japanese-Americans and Canadians During World War II 149
An Absence of Soldiers: Wartime Fiction by British Women 160
"Some Classic Pattern" Pens and Needles on the Home Front 170
A Cry for Life: Storm Jameson, Stevie Smith, and the Fate of Europe's Jews 181
Cannibalism and Anorexia, or Feast and Famine in French Occupation Narrative 191
Contributors 201
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