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Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Fiction and by Petra Rau

By Petra Rau

Few international locations characteristic as a lot significance to the second one global warfare and its reminiscence as Britain; arguably nowhere else has this clash constructed such toughness in cultural reminiscence and retained such presence in modern tradition. Long Shadows is set how literature and movie have assisted in shaping this method in Britain. extra accurately, the essays gathered the following recommend that it is a non-stop paintings in development, topic to transgenerational revisions, political expediencies, advertisement issues, and the vicissitudes of renowned style. it should certainly be extra actual to talk of the meanings (plural) that the battle has been given at quite a few moments in British cultural lifestyles. those semantic diversifications and fluctuations in cultural import are rooted within the specificity of the British conflict adventure, within the political aftermath of the warfare in Europe, and in its value for Britain’s postwar place at the international degree. In different phrases, the books and movies mentioned in those essays reply to how the struggle has been interpreted and remembered; what's at stake is the best way the conflict has been emplotted as a hegemonic cultural narrative about Britain.

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