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The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction: Secret Histories

Victoria Stewart


Focusing on the upsurge of interest in the Second World War in recent British novels, this book explores the ways in which secrecy and secret work – including code breaking, espionage and special operations – have been approached in representations of the war. It considers established writers, including Muriel Spark, Sarah Waters and Kazuo Ishiguro, as well as newer voices, such as Liz Jensen and Peter Ho Davies. The examination of the after-effects of involvement in secret work, inter-generational secrets in a domestic context, political allegiance and sexuality shows how issues of loyalty, d ... More

Keywords: British fiction, contemporary fiction, Second World War, secrecy, code breaking, espionage, special operations, Muriel Spark, Sarah Waters, Kazuo Ishiguro

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640997
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640997.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Stewart, author

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