The home front: Women dramatists during the Second World War
D'Monté, R. (2009) The home front: Women dramatists during the Second World War. In: Women Writing Space: Representations of Gender and Space in post-1850 British Women's Writing, University of Warwick, March 2009.
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The blurring of public/private space, or front line/home front, during the Second World War, had the effect of privileging the female voice and experience by redrawing loci of work and home, or by politicising the domestic. In doing this, some of the plays of the time can be seen to give female dramatists an opportunity to portray tensions between the mobile woman, who is required by the state to leave her home for the war effort, and the home-maker, who represents the traditional notion of womanhood, as well as looking to the reconstruction of a postwar Britain, which would bring about a greater equality between the sexes.
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