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Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and "Peace" – Volume 5 - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and "Peace": Volume 5

Gill Plain


This study undoes the customary division of the 1940s into the Second World War and after, focusing instead on the thematic preoccupations that emerged from writers’ immersion in and resistance to the conflict. Through seven chapters – Documenting, Desiring, Killing, Escaping, Grieving, Adjusting and Atomizing – the book sets middlebrow and popular writers alongside residual modernists and new voices to reconstruct the literary landscape of the period. This is a decade that does not fit into the canonical story of twentieth-century literature, and this book restores to prominence the innovativ ... More

Keywords: British Literature, Second World War, Postwar, Cold war, Modernism, Fiction, Theatre, Poetry, Documentary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748627448
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gill Plain, author
University of St. Andrews

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