The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction

Secret Histories

Victoria Stewart

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Shows how central the Second World War still is to post-war writing

Focusing on the upsurge of interest in the Second World War in recent British novels, this monograph 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, deception and betrayal are brought into focus in these novels.

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Chapter 1: Secret Work
Chapter 2: In the Family
Chapter 3: Collaboration and Resistance
Chapter 4: Women at War.
Victoria Stewart is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester.

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