Dinsman, “Adapting Women’s Writing: Melodrama and the Second World War”

The course website described by Dinsman was created with WordPress and is housed on the CUNY Commons.  Link here

Related reading: Marshik


Novels and Essays

Phyllis Bottome, The Mortal Storm

Elizabeth Bowen, The Demon Lover

Elizabeth Bowen, The End of the Day

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Henry Green, Caught

Henry Green, Loving

Grahame Greene, The End of the Affair

Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

Patrick Hamilton, Hangover Square

Patrick Hamilton, The Slaves of Solitude

Louis MacNeice, “Autumn Journal”

Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver

Evelyn Waugh, Put Out More Flags

Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas

Virginia Woolf, “Thoughts on Peace…”

Films and Documentaries

Frank Borzage, The Mortal Storm

Harold French, Unpublished Story

Alfred Hitchcock, Foreign Correspondent

Alfred Hitchcock, Rebecca

Humphrey Jennings, Fires Were Started

Humphrey Jennings, London Can Take It

Fritz Lang, The Ministry of Fear

William Wyler, Mrs. Miniver

Other Media Objects

Vera Brittain, Wartime Chronicle (diary)

Winston Churchill (speeches)

Mollie Panter-Downes, London War Notes 1939-1945 (New Yorker articles)

Mass-Observation (report excerpts)

Ministry of Information (propaganda posters)

Edward R. Murrow (radio broadcasts)

J.B. Priestley, Britain Speaks (radio broadcasts)

Additional Suggestions


Vera Brittain, England’s Hour
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Henry Green, Back
Graham Greene, The Confidential Agent
Storm Jameson, England to Let
Storm Jameson, London Calling: A Salute to America

Dorothy Sayers, Begin Here: A War-Time Essay
G.W. Stonier, Memoirs of a Ghost
G.W. Stonier, Shaving Through the Blitz
M.J. Tambimuttu, Out of this War
Rex Warner, The Aerodrome
Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon


Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator
Alfred Hitchcock, Lifeboat
Leslie Howard, ‘Pimpernel’ Smith
Humphrey Jennings, Listen to Britain!
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (with MOI), 49th Parallel
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (with MOI), The Volunteer

Other Media Objects

E.M. Forster, The BBC Talks of E.M. Forster (radio broadcasts)
Ministry of Food recipes Link here
Louis MacNeice, Christopher Columbus (radio play)
George Orwell, The War Broadcasts (radio broadcasts)
Propaganda Posters: Imperial War Museum  Link here