Urban gothic of the Second World War: dark London.

Wasson, Sara-Patricia (2010) Urban gothic of the Second World War: dark London. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 978-0-230-57753-4

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This book examines 'home front' literature of the Second World War, arguing that Gothic tropes and forms mark moments of fracture in the national mythologies of wartime home, city and fellowship. These works in the Gothic mode subvert mythologies of nation that are still influential today. Anna Kavan, Mervyn Peake, Elizabeth Bowen, Roy Fuller, Henry Green and others present counter-stories to the dominant national mythology of British survival and emotional resilience. In the texts of this monograph, the city grows strange, time distorts, and hallucinatory narrative voices depict a nightmare realm. Doubling, temporal dislocation, narrative disjunction and tropes of haunting gather around shadowy figures on the margin of the nation. This book moves from city streets, to hospitals and prisons, to factories, to homes and finally to morgues. Each location presents a London that is, in the words of Mervyn Peake, "half masonry, half pain."

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-230-57753-4
Additional Information: List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: The Urban Gothic of the British Home Front Nightmare City: Gothic Flânerie and Wartime Spectacle in Henry Green and Roy Fuller Carceral City, Cryptic Signs: Wartime Fiction by Anna Kavan and Graham Greene Gothic, Mechanized Ghosts: Wartime Industry in Inez Holden, Anne Ridler and Diana Murray Hill Elizabeth Bowen's Uncanny Houses 'The Rubbish Pile and the Grave': Nation and the Abject in John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Mervyn Peake Afterword: The Politics of Lamentation Works Cited Index
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban gothic; Second World War; London; home front; city; identity; nationalism; doubling; temporal dislocation; narrative disjunction; hauntings;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 800 Literature > 820 English & Old English literatures
Library of Congress Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Item ID: 4298
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 10:56
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 11:15

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