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Urban Gothic of the Second World War free pdf This book examines 'home front' literature of the Second World War, arguing that Gothic tropes and forms mark moments of fracture in the national mythologies of wartime home, city and fellowship. These works in the Gothic mode subvert mythologies of nation that are still influential today. Anna Kavan, Mervyn Peake, Elizabeth Bowen, Roy Fuller, Henry Green and others present counter-stories to the dominant national mythology of British survival and emotional resilience. In the texts of this monograph, the city grows strange, time distorts, and hallucinatory narrative voices depict a nightmare realm. Doubling, temporal dislocation, narrative disjunction and tropes of haunting gather around shadowy figures on the margin of the nation. This book moves from city streets, to hospitals and prisons, to factories, to homes and finally to morgues. Each location presents a London that is, in the words of Mervyn Peake, "half masonry, half pain."

About Sara Wasson

SARA WASSON is Lecturer in Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. She received her doctorate from Cornell University, USA, and publishes research on cities in literature and kinship in twentieth-century science fiction and horror. This monograph was supported by research grants from the Carnegie Trust and the Mario Einaudi Centre.

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Author : Sara Wasson
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Data Published : 09 April 2010
ISBN : 0230577539
EAN : 9780230577534
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 224 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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