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Title: The Second World War in Contemporary Women's Fiction: Revisiting the Home Front
Authors: Stewart, V. A.
First Published: Nov-2015
Citation: Contemporary Women's Writing, 2015, 9 (3): 416-432
Abstract: In three recent novels centring on British women’s experience of the Second World War – Sarah Waters’s The Night Watch (2006) , Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life (2013) , and Alison MacLeod’s Unexploded (2013) – the exploration of women’s contribution to the war effort is tempered by an acknowledgement of the temporary and limited nature of the opportunities the war offered. The disruption of narrative linearity and the incorporation, within narratives of the past, of considerations of the future often tinged with anxiety or disappointment, are the principal means by which these authors attempt to show both the gains and the losses that were the lot of British women during the Second World War.
DOI Link: 10.1093/cww/vpv025
ISSN: 1754-1476
eISSN: 1754-1484
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Contemporary Women's Writing following peer review. The version of record Contemporary Women's Writing, 2015, 9 (3): 416-432 is available online at:
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