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Title: Representing Nazi Crimes in Post-Second World War Life-Writing
Authors: Stewart, Victoria A.
First Published: 5-Nov-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Textual Practice Volume 29, Issue 7, 2015 Special Issue: Writing War, Writing Lives
Abstract: As the concept of the ‘Home Front’ reflected, the war against Nazism was conceived in Britain as a collective endeavour, and in biographical accounts of wartime experience, this collective aspect is held in tension with the individuating details of the protagonist’s own war. When the story told involves extreme danger, hardship, or even torture, questions of authenticity become increasingly pressing. This essay captures a particular moment in the ongoing construction of the British narrative of the Second World War, addressing how authors of biographies of female Special Operations Executive agents attempted to encompass Nazi atrocities within narratives that are principally intended to laud the heroism of individuals who had direct and in some cases prolonged contact with the Nazis during the conflict. I will consider the strategies employed by authors to give credibility to what might seem to be unbelievable events, a process complicated by the fact that these authors are in most cases writing after the death of their subject, and I will ask how such atypical stories might fit into existing narratives, however fragmented these might be, of the war.
DOI Link: 10.1080/0950236X.2015.1095453
ISSN: 0950-236X
eISSN: 1470-1308
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Textual Practice 05 Nov 2015 18 Month embargo
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