Women on War: An International Anthology of Writings from Antiquity to the Present / Edition 2

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From Margaret Atwood to Daisy Zamora, Simone de Beauvoir to Virginia Woolf, many of the world’s greatest women writers have reflected upon one of humanity’s most tragic and powerful experiences: war. Yet most of these writings are little known, just as women’s perceptions of war remain largely absent from the history books.

Women on War gathers together writings by more than 150 women, including renowned poets, novelists, essayists, journalists, and activists, as well as ordinary women with first-hand experience of armed conflict as survivors, refugees, rape victims, nurses, and soldiers. Spanning the globe and traversing more than two centuries, the pieces in this compelling collection range from an ancient verse by Sappho to testimony by Afghan women and poems about the impact of September 11, 2001. In voices that are gripping, mournful, defiant, and often surprisingly hopeful, these writers join to produce a portrait of wartime experience that has too seldom been seen, and a plea for peace that has too seldom been heard.

The first edition of Women on War, published in 1988, was hailed as a landmark book and won wide critical acclaim. The New York Times called the anthology "an eloquent response to global violence [which] sweeps with authority through time and across national boundaries. . . . This is one book one hopes will be translated into all of humankind’s languages." This long-awaited new edition, which contains nearly 40 percent new material and includes responses to the conflicts of our own times, is sure to earn a place as a landmark work for the 21st century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558614093
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Cassandra's Daughters
Pt. 1 Prophecies and Warnings
Lament to the Spirit Of War 3
Patriotism as a "Menace to liberty" 4
Militarism as a Province of Accumulation 5
O Earth, Unhappy Planet Born to Die 6
From The Face of War 7
The Progress 10
Declaration of Love 11
Is There a Difference Between Men and Women and What If (This Week) 12
Children of the Epoch 14
The Nightmare Factory 15
From Cassandra 17
From Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War 20
From Dark Fields of the Republic: Six Narratives 23
Stockpiling 24
Words Spoken by Pasternak During a Bombing 27
From The New Nuclear Danger 28
Bread 39
From Blood Rites: The Religion of War 41
Among Tall Buildings 49
Borders 49
The Fifties 52
At Ground Zero in Hiroshima 53
To the Soldiers of El Salvador 54
Sex and Death and the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals 56
Bioterror and Biosafety 69
From Misogynies: Crawling from the Wreckage 70
Women and Conflict: A Serbian Perspective 80
A Pure, High Note of Anguish 86
Why Missile Defense Will Not Make Us Safer 88
The Algebra of Infinite Justice 90
Pt. 2 Violence and Mourning
From Song of pathos and Wrath and Eighteen Verses in Hun's Flute Melody 101
Elegy for My Brother 104
The War of 1793 104
From Hospital Sketches 105
The First Long Range Artillery Fire on Leningrad 107
From Not So Quiet ... 107
From All Said and Done 111
From The War 115
The Son of Man 116
Face Lost in the Wilderness 118
From The Wind Blows Away Our Words 120
Death in Slow Motion 127
The Star Obscure 131
The War 131
From Camp Notes 133
Evasion 135
Eyes of an Afghan Child 136
Hellish Years After Hellish Days 137
Viet Minh and Famine 142
From Comfort Woman 144
Songs of Bread and An Armenian Looking at Newsphotos of the Cambodian Deathwatch 147
The Enemy Army Has Passed Through 149
The Colonization of Our Pacific Islands 149
From Sorrow Mountain 151
It's Not the Fear of Shivering 157
Hatred 157
The Bombing of Baghdad 158
From Maneuvers 161
"Don't Speak the Language of the Enemy!" and The Exotic Enemy 165
From The Price of Freedom 170
From Beyond the Limbo Silences 173
Certain Winds from the South 175
Report from Vietnam for International Women's Day 181
"The Situation in Soweto Is Not Abnormal" 181
Friend and Foe and To One in Beirut 182
The Blood of Others 184
Morning in the Park Among the Nannies 185
From Boys in Zinc 193
From S.: The Camps - Bosnia 200
From The Other Side of Silence 203
From A Girl Soldier's Story 207
The Impact of Genocide on Women 212
Pt. 3 Courage and Resistance
The Deliverance of Argos 217
A National Crime 219
From Women and Labour: Women and War 221
Finnish Champion 223
The Women Take a Hand 224
Verses To Chekia 228
The Drought Breaks 229
Political Activism and Art 232
Kathe Kollwitz 234
The Artist's Rebellious Integrity 238
And Still I Rise 240
Memory Says Yes 241
From Sula 242
The Parachutist's Wife 247
Nuclear Bomb Testing on Human Guinea Pigs 249
I Am Your Horse in the Night 252
Antigone 255
From The House of the Spirits: The Hour of Truth 255
Blind, Unpredictable Terror 261
They Followed Us into the Night 262
Guatemala, Your Blood 263
Return 264
If Someone Else Is Suffering 267
The Bath 272
From The Stones Cry Out: A Cambodian Childhood 275
I'll Never Return 283
Meena 283
For the Women of Afghanistan 283
We Are All Women in Black 287
Pt. 4 Hope and Survival
To an Army Wife in Sardis 293
From Peace and Bread in Time of War 293
Yes to the Earth 295
Free Women Blooming from Old Battlefields 296
In Defense of the United Nations 297
I Have All the Passion of Life 299
Women Know a Lot of Things 301
Making Peace and What It Could Be 304
On a Japanese Beach 306
From Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered 307
The Future 309
The Spoils of War 313
Ghosts and Echoes: Letter from Ground Zero 315
A Forgiving Land 321
My Son's Childhood 324
Holding the Line at Greenham Common: On Being Joyously Political in Dangerous Times 325
Only Justice Can Stop a Curse 333
Black Woman 336
Letter to an Iraqi Woman 337
Women and Ecology 340
Black Hills Survival Gathering, 1980 344
A New Dawn in Town 346
Song of Hope and When We Go Home Again 346
A Time of Cannons Comes Flying 347
Tough Love 350
Select Bibliography 357
Sources and permission Credits/Author Index 365
Subject/Geographic Index 373
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    Women on War

    As long as our species has made war, individuals have spoken out against it, and women are prominent among those who argue cogently and eloquently for peace. Now that weapons of mass destruction have made war a truly apocalyptic prospect, the call for nonviolent resolutions to world conflicts is all the more urgent, and the voices in this powerful and important collection (an extensively revised and updated version of an earlier volume) are all the more precious. Gioseffi, a prize-winning poet, activist, and educator, sets the scene for this invaluable anthology in a bracing introduction that traces the enormous shadow militarism casts across our planet and our lives, from the immediate tragedies of war to the environmental damage caused by military industries and the poverty exacerbated by huge military expenditures. The poems, essays, eyewitness accounts, and probing inquiries that follow are dramatic and knowledgeable, forthright and reasonable, full of compassion and accepting of responsibility, a diverse and inspiring gathering of writers of conscience including Jane Addams, Martha Gellhorn, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Arundhati Roy, Grace Paley, Claribel Alegria, Toni Morrison, Helen Caldicott, and dozens more who corageously question the necessity and protest the insanity of global violence.

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