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Introduction

Victoria Stewart

in The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651832 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640997.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter studies the importance of secrecy as a theme and structural device in contemporary fiction, first looking at the significance of secrecy during the Second World War, especially in relation to military strategies. It then considers how structures of revelation and secrecy affected the arrival and development of certain aspects of the representation and understanding of the war in British culture, and also studies the post-war legacy of secrecy and its presence in novels.

Keywords: secrecy; contemporary fiction; military strategies; Second World War; revelation; British culture

Chapter.  8697 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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