`Even a Shelter's Not Safe': The Blitz on Homes in Elizabeth Bowen's Wartime Writing

Miller, Kristine A.
June 1999
Twentieth Century Literature (Twentieth Century Literature);Summer99, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p138
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Interprets the book `The Heat of the Day' by Elizabeth Bowen. Employment of domestic metaphors to explore war's parallel assualt on the gendered categories of public politics and private emotion; Focus of the book; Contextualization of the poem; Historical writings of Bowen; Bowen's fascination with the parallels between the individual and history; Criticisms about the book.


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