Propaganda, Pacifism and Periodicals: Conflicted Anti-fascism in Sylvia Townsend Warner's Spanish Civil War Writing

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Abstract

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Spanish Civil War writing reveals the complexity of her anti-fascism as it related to questions surrounding the role of propaganda and violence in resisting fascism. By analysing contributions Warner made to Left Review, this article argues that she both wrote propaganda in support of the Spanish Republic’s war effort and critiqued the war (and its propaganda) for the human suffering it inflicted. It also suggests that, by critiquing the war in the form of lyric poetry, Warner was able to avoid the risk of rejection by a publication that strongly supported the Republic’s war effort.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Spanish Civil War
  • Left Review
  • anti-fascism
  • periodicals
  • propaganda
  • pacifism

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