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Letters, Morale and Gender: Discourses of Letter-writing in the Second World War

posted on 2023-06-07, 22:26 authored by Margaretta JollyMargaretta Jolly
My aim in this article is two fold: firstly to explore the practical and ideological importance of letter-writing in Britain and the States during the war, particularly between women at home and men in the forces, and secondly, to draw attention to the sense in which letter-writing was more than simply a means of communication, but a new forum for popular creativity. In both of these respects, we need to read letters now as texts that bear no simple relationship to historical narratives but with the kind of methodology that literary critics have been developing in the field of epistolary studies.


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Andere Helme - Andere Menschen? Heimaterfahrung und Frontalltag im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Ein internationaler Vergleich

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  • Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research Publications


This was published in German but I can provide an English version if needed. A version of it can also be found as part of my DPhil thesis, 'Correspondence in the Second World War: Everyday Letters and Literary Form', U of Sussex, 1997.

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D Vogel, W Wette

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