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British Women Writers Of World War Ii: Battlegrounds Of Their Own
This book offers a challenging analysis of British women's literature of the 1930s and 1940s in which they debated the "justness" of a complex range of pacifist and activist roles and writing, Lassner questions prevailing approaches to the subject of women and war. As she shows women writers redefining traditional pieties of patriotism and duty and categories of hero and ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by Palgrave MacMillan
(first published March 1st 1998)
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Lassner begins with a 1983 quotation from Salman Rushdie, asserting that while other countries produced “extraordinary novels” about World War II, England did not, and she proceeds to argue that a consideration of writing by women will refute that assumption. She is especially interested in demonstrating the political awareness of women writers, a focus that probably explains why she does not mention Rumer Godden’s 1945 A Fugue in Time. While some of the writers she discusses are well known, esp ...more