Discuss four novels published at the end of the second world war. Henry Green's Loving was published in 1945. Barbara Euphon Todd’s, Miss Ranskill comes Home, was published in 1946. The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton, and Elizabeth Taylor's A View of the Harbour were both published in 1947. Each novel deals with war, but is it the backdrop, or the foreground? Do they show us how war is experienced by those not directly involved in the battles?
We will discuss each of these books in order, and consider how they connect with our own ideas of the period. The tutor will supply a reading schedule on Canvas.
We will begin with Loving. Please read to the end of the letter Raunce writes to his mother at around the mid-point of the book for discussion at the first session. This is a book without chapters or 'parts', but there are some line-breaks - one follows the paragraph after the letter is written, when Raunce drops off to sleep.
- Share my responses to the novels.
- Identify and interpret themes and ideas, and consider how these reflect the period they are published in.
- Discuss writing styles, language and structure.
- Compare and contrast the novels.
- Reflect on the relevance of these novels to the twenty-first century.
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