Desiring Walls : Fantasies of Containment and Reimagined British Pasts

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BOLL, Julia, 2022. Desiring Walls : Fantasies of Containment and Reimagined British Pasts. In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. De Gruyter. 70(2), pp. 175-187. ISSN 0044-2305. eISSN 2196-4726. Available under: doi: 10.1515/zaa-2022-2061

@article{Boll2022Desir-58820, title={Desiring Walls : Fantasies of Containment and Reimagined British Pasts}, year={2022}, doi={10.1515/zaa-2022-2061}, number={2}, volume={70}, issn={0044-2305}, journal={Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik}, pages={175--187}, author={Boll, Julia} }

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