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Secret Work

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/9780748640997.003.0002
Secret Work

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This chapter studies the influence of the end of the war on the writing of history and how individuals created their own life stories, first looking at the issue of generic classification in Christine Brooke-Rose's Remake, where the concept of rememoration is introduced. The next novel studied is Muriel Spark's In the Hothouse, which tells of Sparks's experiences with wartime secret work. The chapter determines that the need for secrecy continues in peacetime, along with its altering effect on individual subjectivity.

Keywords: end of war; influence; life stories; writing of history; generic classification; rememoration; secret work; individual subjectivity; Christine Brooke-Rose; Muriel Spark

Chapter.  16042 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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