Loving Arms: British Women Writing the Second World War

TitleLoving Arms: British Women Writing the Second World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsSchneider, Karen
Number of Pages232
PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
CityLexington, KY

This book examines the war-related writings of five British women whose words explore the connections among gender, war, and story-telling. While not the first study to relate the subjects of gender and war, it is the first within a growing body of criticism to focus specifically on British culture during and after World War II. Though each of the five women whose work is examined in this volume perceived the war from substantially different perspectives, each in her own way exposed and critiqued the seductive power of war and war stories, with their densely interwoven tropes of masculinity and nationalism. Yet these writers' conflicting impulses of loyalty to England and resistance to the war betray their ambivalence.

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