The literary canon of World War 1 - celebrated for realising the experience of an entire generation - ignores writing by women. To the sorrows that war has always brought them - the loss of husbands, lovers, brothers - the Great War added a revolutionary knowledge. And all the time they wrote - letters, poetry, novels, short stories, memoirs. This volume of mutually reflective essays brings this writing into literary focus and ensures that women's recent history and literature are neither forgotten nor undervalued.
Table of ContentsChronology - Notes on the Contributors - Introduction; D.Goldman - Virginia Woolf's Jacob's Room: History and Memory; J.Hattaway - Women on the Other Side; A.Cardinal - 'Shining Pins and Wailing Shells': Women Poets and the Great War; J.Montefiore - 'We'll end in Hell, my Passionate Sisters': Russian Women Poets and the First World War; J.Howlett - Public and Private Choices; Public and Private Voices; L.Bicker - 'Untravelled Minds': the War Novels of Mabel Brookes; J.Bassett - 'It is not the place of women to talk of mud': some responses by British women novelists to the First World War; N.Beauman - Women and the Language of War in France; A.Cardinal - Impersonality and Amnesia: A Response to the First World War in H.D.'s Sea Garden and Bid Me to Live and in Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier; J.Gledhill - 'Eagles of the West'? American Women Writers and World War I; D.Goldman - Index