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Evacuees and Gurus

Owen Dudley Edwards

in British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780748616510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653621 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616510.003.0003
Evacuees and Gurus

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This chapter looks at evacuees and gurus during the war, and presents the effects of reading on evacuees, most of whom learnt to read using comics. It then identifies a propaganda point that was discovered during the war: children are more convincing as martyrs than as fighters. The chapter also shows that reading prevented children from slipping into theft and vagrancy, and even helped them pass the time while on their way to America and other countries. The latter half of the chapter focuses on the role of gurus in children's fiction, which is embodied in characters such as Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Keywords: evacuees; gurus; effects of reading; propaganda point; vagrancy

Chapter.  23329 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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