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David Ashford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318597

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318597.001.0000

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Christmas in Hell

Christmas in Hell

The Tube-Shelter Children in Images by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore

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(p.115) 5 Christmas in Hell
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London Underground
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David Ashford

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318597.003.0006

The struggle to make a home in the machine-age metropolis was to find its most powerful expression in the photographs and paintings of children sleeping in the Underground, created by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore during the Blitz. Chapter Five investigates how artists and writers, such as Graham Greene and Elizabeth Bowen, made sense of the impossible spectacle under the capital. The pictures are revealed to exploit religious imagery, transforming sleeping children, who embodied national unease at the threatened erasure of the individual, into a metaphor possessing the power to transmute even the space of non-place into the cradle for a redemptive and radical future.

Keywords:   BLITZ, WWII, NEO-ROMANTICISM, BILL BRANDT, HENRY MOORE, GRAHAM GREENE, ELIZABETH BOWEN, T.S. ELIOT

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