“Fighting for the Idea of Home Life”: Mrs Miniver and Anglo-American Representations of Domestic Morale View Full Text


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DATE

2009

AUTHORS

Susan R. Grayzel

ABSTRACT

First appearing as the title character in a column by Jan Struther [the pseudonym of Joyce Maxtone Graham] in the London Times in the late 1930s, “Mrs. Miniver” went on to achieve iconic status as a trans-Atlantic image of stoic womanhood in the face of the traumas of World War Two.1 The book version of Mrs Miniver was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States, and the Hollywood film version, which opened in June of 1942 in the United States and a month later in Britain, went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Such acclaim for a story about war (both anticipated and then experienced) that focuses mainly on family life and the so-called home front suggests that it may tell us something significant about how Anglo-American culture constructed women at home as active wartime participants. By examining the popular images of gender and class during World War Two through an analysis of Mrs Miniver, this essay participates in the ongoing project of rethinking what is meant by “the people’s war” and by the “myth of the Blitz” as key elements of the war’s cultural experience. It further explores how these two notions interacted with the ways in which women became held responsible for maintaining domestic morale. More... »

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139-156

Book

TITLE

Gender, Labour, War and Empire

ISBN

978-1-349-35612-6
978-0-230-58292-7

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http://scigraph.springernature.com/pub.10.1057/9780230582927_8

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230582927_8

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