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Elizabeth Bowen's Writings of the Second World War

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How do we understand material loss in wartime? In 1940, houses Virginia Woolf had lived in (at 52 Tavistock Square and 37 Mecklenburgh Square) were both bombed. The Regent’s Park residence of her friend Elizabeth Bowen was bombed twice during the war. This paper explores the ways in which Bowen responds to the upheavals of war, and how this experience changed the meanings of home.

Suggested reading

From The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen, ed. Angus Wilson (London: Jonathan Cape, 1982): Bowen, ‘Oh Madam’, Bowen, ‘The Demon Lover’ Bowen, ‘Pink May’ Virginia Woolf, ‘The Leaning Tower’ (1940)

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