Collaboration and Resistance

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:
Collaboration and Resistance

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This chapter studies the depiction of how belief, loyalty, and conviction functioned and interacted during the Second World War, first considering the existence of ‘good Germans’ during the Second World War, and highlighting the desire not to equate Germans with Nazism. It looks at how authors reflected on their own and their families' experiences when writing their novels, which can be seen as presenting a corrective to literature written during the war. This may have also reflected the authors' desire to shield their younger readers from the worst. The chapter discusses the dependence of wartime figures on children and the alliance between German soldiers and women, and then addresses the problem of matching beliefs to actions, and looks at the reciprocity between the manner of the narration and the nature of what is being narrated.

Keywords: good Germans; Nazism; alliance; narration; dependence; beliefs; reciprocity

Chapter.  16721 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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