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British Literature and Culture in Second World Wartime: For the Duration

Beryl Pong


What happens to the concept of wartime in the 1940s? For the Duration excavates British late modernism’s relationship to war in terms of chronophobia: a joint fear of the past and future. Coloured by the trauma of past violence and dread of those to come, the Second World War and its defining military strategy, civilian aerial bombardment, upended straightforward understandings of past, present, and future. Identifying a constellation of temporalities and affects under three tropes—time capsules, time zones, and ruins—the book contends that Second World Wartime is a pivotal moment when wartime ... More

Keywords: Second World War, wartime, Blitz, chronophobia, late modernism, temporality, ruins, time capsules, time zones, mid-century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beryl Pong, author
Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, University of Sheffield