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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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Identity, Authority and Imagination

Identity, Authority and Imagination

(p.354) (p.355) 7 Identity, Authority and Imagination
British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

Owen Dudley Edwards

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers what the early twentieth-century writers told the children the war had done to them, and looks at the interest of the children in the USA after the war, which was something the parents wanted to avoid. It considers the status of British and European writing after the war, as well as the emergence of Germanophobia and Naziphobia. The chapter identifies a distrust of Europe that grew along with a new English chauvinism, and the classic wartime crisis which occurs when the child realises that the official Authority is in fact false and destructive of what the child knows it stands for. It also discusses in detail the strip cartoon ‘Tintin’.

Keywords:   British writing, European writing, Germanophobia, Naziphobia, distrust, English chauvinism, wartime crisis, Authority, Tintin

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