Heroes and happy endings: class, gender, and nation in popular film and fiction in interwar Britain

Grandy, Christine (2014) Heroes and happy endings: class, gender, and nation in popular film and fiction in interwar Britain. Studies in Popular Culture . Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719090936

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Abstract

This is a highly anticipated examination of the popular film and fiction consumed by Britons in the 1920s and 1930s. Departing from a prevailing emphasis on popular culture as escapist, Christine Grandy offers a fresh perspective by noting the enduring importance of class and gender divisions in the narratives read and watched by the working and middle classes between the wars. This compelling study ties contemporary concerns about ex-soldiers, profiteers, and working and voting women to the heroes, villains, and love-interests that dominated a range of films and novels. Heroes and Happy Endings further considers the state’s role in shaping the content of popular narratives through censorship.

An important and highly readable work for scholars and students interested in cultural and social history, as well as media and film studies, this book is sure to shift our understanding of the role of mass culture in the 1920s and 1930s.

Keywords:British history, Popular culture, Film history, Mass culture, Censorship, History of the novel
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:11910
Deposited On:19 Sep 2013 08:15

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