The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: Keeping a diary in 1941

8 Jul 2020, 13:00 - 13:30

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The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.

How do people manage when their lives are utterly transformed by circumstances beyond their control? Fiona Stafford discusses a diary kept by a woman in 1941, whose new normal involved rationing, restrictions, isolation and air raids.

Speaker: Professor Fiona Stafford FBA, Professor of English Language and Literature; Tutorial Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford

10-Minute Talk: Keeping a diary in 1941

10-Minute Talks are a new series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy screened each Wednesday, 13:00-13:10, on YouTube. Our speakers will type responses to a selection of audience questions in the YouTube comments section between 13:10 and 13:30 on the day of their talk (questions can be added to the YouTube comments section or sent to the British Academy via email).

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