Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print
Women's Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918
By (author) Jane Potter
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Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print by Jane Potter
Book DescriptionModernist texts and writings of protest have until now received most of the critical attention of literary scholars of the First World War. Popular literature with its penchant for predictable storylines, melodramatic prose, and patriotic rhetoric has been much-maligned or at the very least ignored. Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War redresses the balance. It turns the spotlight on the novels and memoirs of women writers - many of whom are now virtually forgotten - that appealed to a British reading public hungry for amusement, news, and above all, encouragement in the face of uncertainty and grief. The writers of 1914-18 had powerful models for interpreting their war, as a consideration of texts from the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 shows. They were also bolstered by wartime publishing practices that reinforced the sense that their books, whether fiction or non-fiction, were not simply 'light' entertainment but a powerful agents of propaganda. Generously illustrated, Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print is a scholarly yet accessible illumination of a hitherto untapped resource of women's writing and is an important new contribution to the study of the literature of the Great War.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199279869
(224mm x 145mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Jane Potter rediscovers the neglected literature of the First World War. Focusing on romance novels and active service memoirs in an accessible and well illustrated study, she shows the ways in which popular literature played its role in both the entertainment and the reassurance of the nation.
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Author Biography - Jane Potter
Dr Jane Potter is Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and Assistant to the Archivist at Wolfson College, Oxford.
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