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The First World War inspired a huge outpouring of writing, including many classic accounts of the horrors of the trenches, written by men. What has been less visible until now is the War's impact upon women writers, whose experience was often very different from that of their male counterparts. This anthology brings together women's writing from across the world, covering every genre of writing about the War from the period 1914 to 1930. Letters, diary entries, reportage, and essays, as well as polemical texts in favour of, or in opposition to, the hostilities, offer an interesting counterpoint to the novels and short stories through which women sought to encompass the extremes of wartime life as they saw it. This anthology demonstrates how the Great War acted as a catalyst for women writers, enabling them to find a public voice and to assert their own attitude to social and moral issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198122814
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/2/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,356,494
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Agn├Ęs Cardinal is Lecturer in Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury

Dorothy Goldman is an independent writer and researcher

Judith Hattaway is Lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The War Begins 9
1 Three Ways Home 11
2 Fraulein Schwartz 13
3 War 32
4 Spies! 38
5 Katrin Becomes a Soldier 40
6 In Germany 45
7 Christmas 1914 48
8 Letter to William Butler Yeats 60
Pt. II The War Observed 63
9 La Pharmacienne 65
10 The Cordite Makers 91
11 A Woman in the Midst of the War 95
12 A Journal of Impression in Belgium 102
13 A Frenchwoman's Notes on the War 107
14 Senlis 109
15 Travels in Wartime 112
16 In Berlin 113
17 A Night in a German Munitions Factory 114
18 On the Edge of the War Zone 116
Pt. III The War Comes Home 121
19 Letters and Diary Entries 123
20 The Folk-Lore of the War 125
21 Letters 127
22 War Economy 130
23 Simple Health Talks 134
24 6676 141
25 Housekeeping in War Time 147
26 A Pattern of Propriety 154
27 A Little Nest Egg 157
28 Women and Wives 160
29 The Godmother 165
30 It Was the Will of God 171
31 They Are the Same 174
32 The War Got Him 176
33 A Belgian Civilian 177
34 Roland Leighton 181
Pt. IV Towards the Front 183
35 An English Camp 185
36 The War 187
37 Letter VII 190
38 The 'Fannys' 192
39 Not So Quiet ... 198
40 Morphine 202
41 To the Front with Botchkareva 204
42 My Home in the Field of Mercy 210
43 Memoirs 213
44 Count Emil 220
Pt. V Writing the War 225
45 Inside the Glass Doors 227
46 The Strange-Looking Man 231
47 The Ballet of the Nations 234
48 The Hand of Wax 244
49 Speeding Up, 1917 250
50 The Moving-Picture Show 252
51 Back of the Front 253
52 An Indiscreet Journey 255
53 Asphodel 268
54 The Beach 279
55 Speed the Plough 283
56 'Missing' 290
57 World Without End 300
58 Political Porcelain 305
59 Writing a War Story 309
60 Women in Battle 320
61 Diary 1921 323
Pt. VI Retrospect 325
62 War Diary 327
63 Memoirs 329
64 The Child of the Enemy 331
65 Ivor Gurney 332
66 Surprise Visit 334
67 Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself 342
68 The Shooting Party 357
69 My Mother Won the War 364
Bibliography 369
Index 373
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