Best Selling Books by Phyllis Lassner

Phyllis Lassner is the author of Espionage and Exile (2016), Elizabeth Bowen (1990), Globalisation and Its Discontents (2006), Colonial Strangers (2004) and other 3 books.

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Espionage and Exile

release date: Jul 07, 2016
Espionage and Exile
Analyses mid-twentieth century British spy thrillers as resistance to political oppressionEspionage and Exile demonstrates that from the 1930s through the Cold War British writers Eric Ambler, Helen MacInnes, John le Carr Pamela Frankau and filmmaker Leslie Howard combine propaganda and popular entertainment to call for resistance to political oppression. Their spy fictions deploy themes of deception and betrayal to warn audiences of the consequences of Nazi Germany's conquests and later, the fusion of Fascist and Communist oppression. With politically charged suspense and compelling plots and characters, these writers challenge distinctions between villain and victim and exile and belonging by dramatising relationships between stateless refugees, British agents, and most dramatically, between the ethics of espionage and responses to international crisis.Key FeaturesThe first narrative analysis of mid-twentieth century British spy thrillers demonstrating their critiques of political responses to the dangers of Fascism, Nazism, and CommunismCombines research in history and political theory with literary and film analysisAdds interpretive complexity to understanding the political content of modern cultural productionOriginal close readings of the fiction of Eric Ambler, John Le Carr and British women spy thriller writers of World War II and the Cold War, including Helen MacInnes, Ann Bridge, and Pamela Frankau as well as the wartime radio broadcasts and films of Leslie Howard

Globalisation and Its Discontents

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Globalisation and Its Discontents
Essays discussing the concept of globalisation as present in works of art and literature.

Colonial Strangers

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Colonial Strangers
This title aims to revolutionize modern British literary studies by showing how our interpretations of the postcolonial must confront World War II and the Holocaust. Lassner's analysis reveals how writers such as Muriel Spark, Olivia Manning, Rumer Godden, Phyllis Bottome, Elspeth Huxley and Zadie Smith insist that World War II is critical to understanding how and why the British Empire had to end. to the end of fascism. Drawing on memoirs, fiction, reportage and film adaptations, the book explores the critical perspectives of women who are passionately engaged with Britian's struggle to yield the last vestiges of imperial power. British women as agents of imperialism by questioning their own participation in British claims of moral righteousness and British politics of cultural exploitation. The authors discussed take centre stage in debates about connections between the racist ideologies of the Third Reich and the British Empire.

Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust

release date: Aug 20, 2008
Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust
In its rigorously researched analysis of Anglo-Jewish women writing the Holocaust, this book highlights the necessity of their inclusion in the evolving canon of modern British literature. Addressing the question of why the Holocaust is still being written, this study brings together Kindertransport writers, those of the Second Generation and those writers who have no personal or communal connection to the Holocaust but who have felt compelled to testify to the painful adaptations or betrayals of refugees by the nation which rescued so many. In her significant critical interpretations of memoirs, plays, poetry and novels, Lassner shows how these writers complicate theories of trauma and memory by using fantasy and the Gothic as a response to silence as well as to the historical and narrative relationship between endangered European Jews and Britain's cultural and political responses to them.

British Women Writers of World War II

release date: Jan 01, 1998
British Women Writers of World War II
This book offers a challenging analysis of British women's literature of the 1930s and 1940s in which they debated the "justness" of a complex range of pacifist and activist roles and writing, Phyllis Lassner questions prevailing approaches to the subject of women and war. As she shows women writers redefining traditional pieties of patriotism and duty and categories of hero and victim, prevailing political labels as conservative and liberal are also called into question. Drawing upon fiction, essays, and memoirs, Lassner explores the was writing of such well known figures as Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, and Stevie Smith in relation to equally powerful representations of was by Naomi Mitchison and Olivia Manning and by many rediscovered women writers, including Storm Jameson and Phyllis Bottome.

The Myth of the Ancestral Home

release date: Jan 01, 1983
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