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British Writing of the Second World War

Mark Rawlinson


This book is the first study to provide a detailed critical and historical survey of British literary culture in wartime. Concerned as much with war as with writing, it explores the significance of cultural representations of violence to the administration of the war effort. A theoretical account of the symbolic practices that connect military violence to policy provides a framework for analysing imaginative and documentary literature in its relation both to propaganda and to Peoples' War ideals of social reconstruction. The book evaluates wartime fictions and memoirs in the context of officia ... More

Keywords: wartime literature, violence, war effort, propaganda, Holocaust, social reconstruction, Blitz, North Africa, conscription, Home Front

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rawlinson, author
University of Leicester