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This course explores the construction of British national identities in the twentieth century, in particular how issues of class, gender, race and nationalism have been represented in popular culture. Topics may include the social impacts of World War I, the experience of the Depression era, British Fascist movements, the Blitz, post-war austerity, youth culture, multi-racial Britain, and football violence. Course materials include journalism of the period, film footage, oral history, diaries, pop music and contemporary cinema. Cross-listed with Diversity and Social Justice Studies
Samuel Hynes, "The Wars After the War," in A War Imagined (New York: Atheneum, 1991), pp. 353-382.
Pugh, M. (2009). "Wigan Pier Revisited Work, Unemployment and Class Conflict", 'We danced all night': A social history of Britain between the wars. London: Vintage Books. pp. 76-101.
Anugs Calder, The Myth of the Blitz, (London: Jonathan Cape, 2002), pp. 195-205, 228-234.
Sonya Rose, "Good tome Girls and Quintessential Aliens," in Which People's War? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 71-83, 91-99, 105-106.
Bill Osgerby, "Dread, Beat an' Blood: Race, Racism, and Post-War Youth Culture" in Youth in Britian since 1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998), pp. 117-136.