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The Literary Representation of World War II Childhood

Interrogating the Concept of Hospitality

Author(s): Mary Honan

Book Description

Focusing on twenty one primary texts about childhood under Nazism, this book examines how childhood in literature has changed over the years, from the Romantic writers to child slave labour in the Victorian era, the child-soldier and the impact of deportation on both the child victim and their families post-wartime. The genres covered here range from diaries, letters, comics, allegories, time-travel novels, fairy-tales and novels about the Hitler Youth. Because of its broad focus, the work will be of interest to a broad readership from survivors of World War II and their families to historians, teachers and librarians. It will also benefit those practitioners working in the areas of deportation, trauma, child-soldiering, and human rights and tolerance studies.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9592-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9592-X
Date of Publication: 01/09/2017
Pages / Size: 496 / A5
Price: £67.99


Dr Mary Honan received a doctorate in Philosophy from Mater Dei Institute of Education, an affiliate of Dublin City University, Ireland, in 2016. Her research was focused on modern English literature, specifically looking at childhood during World War II and how this victim group is represented in literature. Her publications include “Four Letters to the Witness of My Childhood: A Deconstruction”.