Beyond The Home Front: Women's Autobiographical Writing of the Two World Wars

Beyond The Home Front: Women's Autobiographical Writing of the Two World Wars

by Yvonne M Klein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814746993

ISBN-13: 9780814746998

Pub. Date: 03/01/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

Few would argue that war has been a defining experience for people born in Europe and North America in the twentieth century. The degree to which war has been instrumental in improving women's social situation remains a vexed question, however. Conventional wisdom repeats the cliche that the Great War liberated women by allowing them to demonstrate their fitness

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Few would argue that war has been a defining experience for people born in Europe and North America in the twentieth century. The degree to which war has been instrumental in improving women's social situation remains a vexed question, however. Conventional wisdom repeats the cliche that the Great War liberated women by allowing them to demonstrate their fitness for equality by recruiting them to work in men's jobs previously considered beyond their capabilities. In fact, their patriotic enthusiasm was used against them after the war, when they were seen to have profited from the deaths of the men they replaced. As Europe prepared for the Second World War, this resentment of women's perceived war-profiteering helped to smooth their transition from sacred, protected icon to target.

In Beyond The Home Front, Yvonne M. Klein provides selections from autobiographical writing by women in the two World Wars that illustrate the richness and complexity of women's war-time lives. Although women generally did not take up arms, this collection reminds us that their war stories are neither peripheral nor secondary to the battle stories of men. This volume helps to reclaim women's experience of war as part of the universal experience of the twentieth century, different from that of men, but not as different as might be thought.

Bringing together more than forty selections from the two wars, Beyond the Home Front includes the work, much of it long out of print, of a wide array of voices including Sylvia Pankhurst, Vera Brittain, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary Lee Settle, Mary Borden, Gertrude Stein, and Joy Kogawa. The volume, which will appeal to the general reader as well as to the student of history and literature, includes contextual introductions as well as brief biographies of each of the writers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814746998
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
from Miracles and Adventures17
from The Home Front22
from The Hard Way Up27
from Round About Bar-le-Duc30
from The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas34
from An English Woman-Sergeant in the Serbian Army40
from Nurse at the Russian Front: A Diary 1914-191845
from Testament of Youth51
from A Diary Without Dates61
from The Forbidden Zone65
from Shadow Shapes: The Journal of a Wounded Woman76
from Where There's Life82
from We That Were Young87
from But This Is Our War91
from Crusade for Justice99
from Two Colored Women with the A.E.F.103
from World Without End108
from One of These Fine Days117
from Blockade: The Diary of an Austrian Middle-Class Woman 1914-1924120
from Journey Down a Blind Alley127
from England's Hour131
from London Calling137
from One Child's War140
from Ladies May Now Leave Their Machines146
from All the Brave Promises151
'A Lesbian WAVE'158
from Song from a Weary Throat161
from Truth Will Out165
from Siege and Survival169
from An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum175
from Auschwitz and After183
from Forgive, But Do Not Forget187
from Frauen, 'A Job in its own Category'193
from Seed of Sarah199
from Three Came Home204
from Outwitting the Gestapo210
from In the Eye of the Hurricane217
from Wars I Have Seen222
from A Model Childhood226
from Surviving the Fire231
from This Is My Own238
from Obasan242
Additional Reading248
Index251

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