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Reading behind the linesPostmemory in contemporary British war fiction$
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Natasha Alden

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088933

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088933.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Reading behind the lines

Natasha Alden

Manchester University Press

Introduced the idea of extending postmemory to a British context, and explores the usefulness of the concept in relation to the ‘baby boomers’ born after World War Two. Explores Swift's obsession with the World war two and its aftermath; explores his decision not to research the period and looks at his concept of “emotional truth” in historical fiction and the novelist's responsibility to the past. Contains original interview.

Keywords:   Postmemory, Trauma, Britishness, Memory, Second Generation, Graham Swift, Shuttlecock, Postmemory, “Emotional Truth”

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