Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2014

272 Pages | 6 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719090936

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Heroes and Happy Endings

Class, Gender, and Nation in Popular Film and Fiction in Interwar Britain

Christine Grandy

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Popular Culture MUP

  • One of the few works to provide a comprehensive examination of the dominant messages housed in the content of popular fiction and film narratives in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Offers a fresh perspective on the history of mass culture by taking issue with the existing emphasis on mass culture as both escapist and as a tool for class consensus
  • Offers an original perspective on censorship by examining both works that were censored and those that were passed by the BBFC and HO in the period
  • This gives us a new understanding of the state's participation in the production of popular culture
  • Ties the characterisation of heroes, villains and love-interests in popular film and fiction to contemporary concerns about ex-soldiers, profiteering businessmen, and working and voting women between the wars
  • A large number of popular film and fiction works from the entire interwar period treated together in a discreet monograph
  • Examines novels and films popular with ordinary Britons, regardless of whether these works were British or American

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