By K. Miller
This book interrogates the patriotic, utopian perfect of the People’s struggle by way of studying conflicted representations of sophistication and gender in literature and picture. Its subtitle--Fighting the People’s War--describes how British voters either united to struggle Nazi Germany and puzzled the nationalist ideology binding them jointly.
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I just went down the Post and when I come back it was as flat as this here wharfside. There was just my house like – well, part of my house. My missus were making me a cup of tea for when I come home. She were in the passage between the kitchen and the wash-house where it blowed her. She were burnt right up to her waist. Her legs were just two cinders ... and her face ... The only thing I could recognize her by was one of her boots. I’d have lost fifteen homes if I could have kept my missus. (Chrisp 23) The warden begins by charging Hitler with a reckless violence that Britain must combat, and the phrase “smashed up me home and me missus in the same night” describes the resulting damage in material rather than emotional terms.
The majority of women munition workers, by far, were from the working class; their production of the munitions of war implicated them in the making of war as much as their brothers, fiancés, husbands, or fathers in the armed services. 8 The First World War therefore divided more than it unified various classes of British women by installing them in the conventionally distinct roles of domestic angel and menial servant. The gap between these feminine gender roles remained wide until the ideal of the domestic angel came under direct fire in the manpower crisis of 1940–41.
The gap between these feminine gender roles remained wide until the ideal of the domestic angel came under direct fire in the manpower crisis of 1940–41. After the conscription of British women began on 2 December 1941, the National Service (No. 2) Act became law on 18 December 1941. The Act required all women to begin contributing to the war effort, although it “banished the idea of grandmothers firing machine guns” (Calder, PW 268). ] nearly three million married women and widows were employed, as compared with a million and a quarter before the 38 British Literature of the Blitz war.
British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People's War by K. Miller