Breadcrumb

 
 

Their legacy : the metaphorical use of children in six British novels of the Second World War

Title:

Their legacy : the metaphorical use of children in six British novels of the Second World War

Bourbon, Isabelle (2003) Their legacy : the metaphorical use of children in six British novels of the Second World War. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

[img]
Preview
PDF
6Mb

Abstract

This thesis studies the effects of the Second World War on the portrayal of youth in six British novels published between 1939 and 1946: Graham Greene's The Ministry of Fear , Barbara Noble's Doreen , Henry Green's Caught , Nevil Shute's Pied Piper , James Hanley's No Direction and Evelyn Waugh's Put Out More Flags . It focuses on how the authors tended to use the younger generations as a canvas on which could be painted a possible future in order to bridge the gap between the social and political changes taking place between the Victorian and the World War II eras. It analyses the distinctive metaphorical qualities the writers ascribed to their young characters against a backdrop of war. It not only rectifies the lack of attention by scholars to Second World War British fiction, it also works at understanding the nature of the population's mindset to this unprecedented exposure to violence in the domestic sphere. This study argues that the children in British war texts of the Second World War era are not simply additional characters to the construction of the narrative, but function in part as a metaphor to English society itself.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bourbon, Isabelle
Pagination:v, 101 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:English
Date:2003
Thesis Supervisor(s):Furlani, Andre
ID Code:2175
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:25
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:25
Related URLs:
All items in Spectrum are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved. The use of items is governed by Spectrum's terms of access.

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...

Concordia University - Footer