Identity, Authority and Imagination

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:
Identity, Authority and Imagination

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This chapter considers what the early twentieth-century writers told the children the war had done to them, and looks at the interest of the children in the USA after the war, which was something the parents wanted to avoid. It considers the status of British and European writing after the war, as well as the emergence of Germanophobia and Naziphobia. The chapter identifies a distrust of Europe that grew along with a new English chauvinism, and the classic wartime crisis which occurs when the child realises that the official Authority is in fact false and destructive of what the child knows it stands for. It also discusses in detail the strip cartoon ‘Tintin’.

Keywords: British writing; European writing; Germanophobia; Naziphobia; distrust; English chauvinism; wartime crisis; Authority; Tintin

Chapter.  26953 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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