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British Children's Fiction in the Second World War$
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Owen Dudley Edwards

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616510

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616510.001.0001

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British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

Owen Dudley Edwards

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies British writers' inherited racialist traditions, revealing that some writers during the war were forced to choose other jobs when they started writing sympathetic novels for Jews and gypsies. It then looks at stereotyping, using Jews as the main characters in children's stories, the different depictions of Jews, and racial hostility. The chapter identifies the most notable allusion to Jews, which can be found in a fictional work composed during the war: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

Keywords:   racialist traditions, sympathetic novels, stereotyping, Jews, gypsies, depictions of Jews, racial hostility, allusion to Jews, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of Rings

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