Domesticating propaganda and subversion: Women dramatists during the Second World War
D'Monté, R. (2009) Domesticating propaganda and subversion: Women dramatists during the Second World War. In: Drama Research Seminar (in conjunction with Cultural History Group), Unviersity of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, England, 2009.
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Plays of the Second World War can be described as middlebrow. They work through a process of ‘the pleasure of familiarity’, where the choice of genre, whether of family comedy, domestic drama, or thriller, make them the perfect medium through which to transmit a message about the importance of the family and community, or of allowing audiences to face their fears about death. However, we can detect within these accepted subject matters and forms, fissures of fear or discontent, with the dangers of the war, the prevailing social structures, or with the role of women, and a movement towards the making of a new society in the postwar period.