Research Sources

Secondary Sources on WWII Literature and Culture

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Below, you will find a list of sources that may prove useful as you work on your research paper. This list is by no means exhaustive and I highly recommend your search include Google Scholar as well as JSTOR and Project Muse, which are databases you can access from York Library.

Bell, Amy. “Landscapes of Fear: Wartime London, 1939-1945.” Journal of British Studies  48.1 (Jan. 2009): 153-175.

Bluemel, Kristin. Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2009.

Cull, Nicholas John. Selling War: The British Propaganda Campaign Against American ‘Neutrality’ in World War II. New York and Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995.

Davis, Thomas S. The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life. New York: Columbia UP, 2016.

Deer, Patrick. Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire, and Modern British Literature . Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. The introduction is attached.

Dinsman, Melissa. Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics during World War II.  London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

Dinsman, Melissa. “Mrs. Miniver Builds the Home Front: Architecture and Household Objects as Wartime Propaganda.” Modernism/modernity 3.1 (Apr. 2018).

Esty, Jed. A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England. Princeton UP, 2003.

Lassner, Phyllis. British Women Writers of World War II: Battlegrounds of their Own. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. The introduction is attached.

Light, Alison. Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism between the Wars. London and New York: Routledge, 1991.

McKay, Marina.  Modernism and World War II. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007.

McLaine, Ian. Ministry of Morale: Home Front Morale and the Ministry of Information in World War II. Allen & Unwin, 1979.

Mellor, Leo. Reading the Ruins: Modernism, Bombsites and British Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011.

Miller, Kristine A. British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People’s War. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

Purdon, James. Modernist Informatics: Literature, Information, and the State. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2015.

Spiro, Mia. Anti-Nazi Modernism: The Challenge of Resistance in 1930s Fiction. Evanston, IL.: Northwestern UP, 2013. The introduction is attached.

Stewart, Victoria. Narratives of Memory: British Writing of the 1940s. London: Palgrave, 2006.

Wollaeger, Mark. Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 to 1945. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006.


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