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Reading London in wartime : blitz, the people and propaganda in 1940s literature

Author: William Cederwell
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature, 43.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Reading London in Wartime: Blitz, the People and Propaganda in 1940s Literature presents an expansive variety of writers and genres, including non-fiction and film approaches, to build a comprehensive social picture of the atmosphere during wartime London. From blitz and austerity to the nagging insistency of propaganda, this volume examines the representation of London in wartime and early post-war literature  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)1002128709
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Cederwell
ISBN: 9781351239059 1351239058
OCLC Number: 1011006254
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations.
Contents: Chapter Introduction / William Cederwell --
chapter 1 Sleeping Through the Phoney War / William Cederwell --
chapter 2 London Can Take It / William Cederwell --
chapter 3 Affliction and Sanctuary / William Cederwell --
chapter 4 In It Together? / William Cederwell --
chapter 5 The Literary Scene / William Cederwell --
chapter 6 Uneasy Peace / William Cederwell --
chapter Conclusion / William Cederwell.
Series Title: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature, 43.
Responsibility: William Cederwell.

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"Reading London in Wartime: Blitz, the People and Propaganda in 1940s Literature presents an expansive variety of writers and genres, including non-fiction and film approaches, to build a comprehensive social picture of the atmosphere during wartime London. From blitz and austerity to the nagging insistency of propaganda, this volume examines the representation of London in wartime and early post-war literature through each writer's unique perspective on the pressures of 1940s city life. Exploring the use of London imagery, this book considifers how literature redirects attention to individual, subjective experience at a time of enforced co-operation, uniformity and community. Unlike government information films and news broadcasts, which often used London to prop up prevailing clichés and stereotypes, and encouraged patriotic support for the war, literature had the freedom to express more recalcitrant truths. London writing of the 1940s was not a literature of opposition or dissent, but in offering more nuanced depictions of the period, it was a counterweight to propaganda and the general war temperament. In writing, the city becomes a more complex place, no longer the easy symbol of defiance and stoicism, of the shared sacrifice of ration book and war work."--Provided by publisher.

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