Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs: College Life in Wartime, 1939-1942

Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs: College Life in Wartime, 1939-1942

by Elizabeth Hillman Waterston


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Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs: College Life in Wartime, 1939-1942 by Elizabeth Hillman Waterston

Elizabeth Hillman enrolled at McGill University the week World War II began. As a freshman writing for the McGill Daily, she covered torchlight football parades and dances at the Ritz Carleton hotel while elsewhere the paper reported U-boats torpedoing convoys and war planes plummeting into the British channel. Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs draws on her journal entries, articles from the Daily, and headlines from the Montreal Gazette to paint a vivid picture of day-to-day life on campus, alongside the civilian wartime experience in Canada. Part memoir, part history, the book touches on important feminist issues of the day, provides historical detail on both McGill University and Canada's participation in World War II, and is punctuated with candid glimpses into both the social and intellectual aspects of university life during a three-year tenure at McGill. Charmingly written with subtle ironies, Blitzkrieg and Jitterbugs includes photos collected from scrapbooks, albums, and the McGill archives to vividly highlight aspects of wartime life as experienced far from the battlefields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773539761
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: Footprints Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, FR.SC, professor emeritus of English at the University of Guelph.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface xi

Part 1 1939-1940

Prelude 3

Daily Debut 5

Going with the Wind 15

Dance and Debate 25

Daily Disaster 37

Winter 47

Poetry 54

Politics 64

Silver Swan 78

First Finals 87

Part 2 1940-1941

Interval 96

Knittin' for Britain 98

Around the Worlds 110

Authority 123

Eros 132

Status of Women 142

Agape 153

Part 3 1941-1942

Interval 164

Curriculum 166

Conscription 177

Harbour 187

Extracurricular 196

Winding Down 210

Aftermath 221

Epilogue 235

Notes 237

Acknowledgments 247

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