Dr Sara Wasson highlights the uncanny dimensions of the transformed Second World War city, the sensory geography of the bombed site, and the challenges such representation poses to us as viewers needing to recognise parallels with contemporary suffering of those losing homes in theatres of war such as Syria.
Perspectives of Destruction: Images of London, 1940-44 is a free exhibition, on at The Museum of London from 27 January 2017 to 8th May 2017.
Sara joined the department last year as a 50th Anniversary lectureship. Her two main areas of research are the Second World War Gothic of the British home front, and twenty-first century Gothic approached through a medical humanities lens. Her first book Urban Gothic of the Second World War (Palgrave, 2010) examines home front literature and internee writing of the Second World War, arguing that the Gothic mode of representation marks moments of fracture in the national mythologies of wartime homes, cities, capital, and fellowship.