ERIC Number: EJ1093781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
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"I Was My War; My War Was I": Vera Brittain, Autobiography and University Fiction during the Great War
McClellan, Ann K.
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v52 n1-2 p121-136 2016
Applying the critical lenses of feminism, autographical theory and literary analysis, this essay performs a triple reading of Vera Brittain's multi-genre writings about gender, war,and university education. Focusing specifically on "The Dark Tide" (1923), "Testament of Youth" (1933) and "The Women of Oxford" (1960), the essay argues that Brittain (de)constructs competing views of academic work and war work in order to reveal and critique competing definitions of women's duty in wartime. Over the course of her life and writings, Brittain's attitudes toward academe changed from euphoric feminist possibility to anti-spinsterish paranoia. Ultimately, Brittain was unable to reconcile these conflicting perspectives and instead chose a new, modern path in pacifism. Looking at a diverse body of her work reveals how much gender, education and the war impacted on Brittain's perceptions of her self, her work and her writing.
Descriptors: War, World History, Autobiographies, Fiction, Feminism, Higher Education, Sex Role, Females, Authors, Foreign Countries
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)