British Women's Histories of the First World War: Representing, Remembering, Rewriting

1st Edition

Maggie Andrews, Alison Fell, Lucy Noakes, June Purvis

November 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 142 Pages
ISBN 9780367333201 - CAT# 318916


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This lively collection of essays showcases recent research into the impact of the conflict on British women during the First World War and since.

Looking outside of the familiar representations of wartime women as nurses, munitionettes, and land girls, it introduces the reader to lesser-known aspects of women’s war experience, including female composers’ musical responses to the war, changes in the culture of women’s mourning dress, and the complex relationships between war, motherhood, and politics. Written during the war’s centenary, the chapters also consider the gendered nature of war memory in Britain, exploring the emotional legacies of the conflict today, and the place of women’s wartime stories on the contemporary stage.

The collection brings together work by emerging and established scholars contributing to the shared project of rewriting British women’s history of the First World War. It is an essential text for anyone researching or studying this history. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s History Review.

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