British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

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This is a broad-ranging discussion of wartime children's literature and its effects. What children read in the Second World War had an immense effect on how they came of age as they faced the new world. In a unique time for British children, parental controls were often relaxed if not absent. Radio and reading assumed greater significance for most children than they had in the more structured past or were to do in the more crowded future. The study is contextualised through a consideration of the British fiction exported to the USA, as well as that imported to the UK and through an exploration of wartime Europe as it was shown to British children. Questions of leadership, authority, individualism, community, conformity, urban-rural division, ageism, and gender awareness are explored. In this incredibly broad-ranging book, covering over 100 writers, Owen Dudley Edwards looks at the literary inheritance when the war broke out and asks whether children's literary diet was altered in the war temporarily or permanently.
Concerned with the effects of the war on what children could read and their interpretation of it, he reveals the implications of this for the world they would come to inhabit. Written by the prolific and highly-respected Owen Dudley Edwards, this work will tap into 'nostalgia' market and general readership amongst those with an interest in the Second World War. It is immensely broad-ranging, covering over 100 writers. It provides telling insight to the effects of children's reading on the post-war world they came to inhabit.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 752 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 1,299g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 11 black & white halftones, 11 black and white halftones
  • 0748616519
  • 9780748616510
  • 2,313,134

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"'Exhaustive in scope, bursting with ideas and promising to be the definitive work on the subject.' Professor Jeffrey Richards, University of Lancaster"
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About Owen Dudley Edwards

Owen Dudley Edwards is Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the history, culture and literature of Ireland, Scotland, and America.
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