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Women's Writing on the First World War - Agnès Cardinal

Women's Writing on the First World War

By: Agnès Cardinal (Editor), Dorothy Goldman (Editor), Judith Hattaway (Editor)

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Published: 1st April 2002
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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.

`Review from previous edition Given the range of national, social and cultural standpoints displayed in the anthology, the moments of consensus and correspondence are striking, as are the absences. No poems, no poppies, no Pilgrim's Progress. No sunrise over hell, no lunatic generals, no sing-song in the face of death. Though a number of the contributors are writing from the German side, they seem to be gazing from the same spot as the Englishwoman.' Glyn Maxell, TLS, 10/11/00. `a very fine anthology of traumas and transformations.' Glyn Maxell, TLS, 10/11/00. `the volume offers multiple implicit comparisons to the numerous war writings by men ... this work will prove invaluable in offering leads and research suggestions and does much to redress the difficulty in approaching primary sources when looking beyond the standard war materials. It should prove useful in the classroom as well as the library. Highly recommended.' B. Adler, Choice, Sept. 00. `this ground-breaking anthology brings to light many voices that have been forgotten or neglected over time ... a dauntingly wide array of perspectives on WW 1, from both sides of the fighting, and offering masterful reportage, narrative, and fictional accounts.' B. Adler, Choice, Sept. 00.

Introduction Part I: The War Begins 1: Sheila Kaye-Smith (1887-1956): Three Ways Home 2: Radclyffe Hall (1993-1943): Fraülein Schwartz 3: Margot Asquith (1864-1945): War 4: Lena Christ (1881-1920): Spies! 5: Adrienne Thomas (1897-1920): Katrin Becomes a Soldier 6: Hilda M. Freeman (born c.1890): In Germany 7: E. Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960): Christmas 1914 8: Maude Gonne (1866-1953): Letter to William Butler Yeats Part II: The War Observed 9: Dorothy Canfield (1879-1958): La Pharmacienne 10: Rebecca West (1892-1983): The Cordite Makers 11: M. A. St Clair Stobart (?-1954): A Woman in the Midst of War 12: May Sinclair (1863-1946) 13: Claire de Pratz (?-1916?): A Frenchwomans Notes on the War 14: Cicely Mary Hamilton (1872-1952): Senlis 15: Annelise Rüegg (1879-1934): Travels in Wartime 16: May Boyle O'Reilly (1873-1937): In Berlin 17: Käte Kestien: A Night in a German Munitions Factory 18: Mildred Aldrich (1853-1928): On the Edge of the War Zone Part III: The War Comes Home 19: Augusta Isabella Gregory (1852-1932): The Folk-Lore of the War 20: Olive Schreiner (1855-1920): Letters 21: J. E. Buckrose (?-1931): War Economy 22: Sarah MacDonald: Simple Health Talks 23: Monica Cosens: 6676 24: Dorothy Peel (1872-1934): Housekeeping in War Time 25: Blanche Wills Chandler: A Pattern of Propriety 26: Blanche Wills Chandler: A Little Nest Egg 27: Ellen La Motte (1873-1961): Women and Wives 28: Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (1880-?): The Godmother 29: Matilde Serao (1856-1927): It was the Will of God 30: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954): They are the Same 31: Marcelle Capy: The War Got Him 32: Ellen La Motte (1873-1961): A Belgian Civilian 33: Vera Brittain (1893-1970): Roland Leighton Part IV: Towards the Front 34: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954): An English Camp 35: Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): The War 36: Mademoiselle Miss: Letter VII 37: Gladys de Havilland: The Fannys 38: Helen Zenna Smith (1901-1985): Not So Quiet 39: Maria Näpflin (1896-?): Morphine 40: Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948): To the Front with Botchkareva 41: Frances Wilson Huard (1885-?): My Home in the Field of Mercy 42: Alexandra Pilsudski (1880?-?): Memoirs 43: Zofia Nalkowska (1885-1954): Count Emil Part V: Writing the War 44: Enid Bagnold (1889-1981): 45: Fanny Kemble Johnson (1868-?): The Strange-Looking Man 46: Vernon Lee (1856-1936): The Ballet of the Nations 47: Claire Goll (1891-1977): The Hands of Wax 48: Constance Holme (1880-1955): Speeding up, 1917 49: Florence Kiper Frank (1885-1976): The Moving-Picture Show 50: Phyllis Campbell: Back of the Front 51: Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): An Indiscreet Journey 52: H.D. (1886-1961): Asphodel 53: Mary Borden (1886-1968): The Beach 54: Mary Butts (1890-1937): Speed the Plough 55: Mrs Henry Dudeney (1866-1945): Missing 56: Helen Thomas (1877-1967): World Without End 57: Liesbeth Dill (1877-1962): Political Porcelain 58: Edith Wharton (1862-1937): Writing a War Story 59: Berta Lask (1878-1967): Women in Battle 60: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): Diary Part VI: Retrospect 61: Jo Mihaly (1802-1994): War Diary 62: Louise Weiss (1893-1983): Memoirs 63: Edith Wharton (1862-1937): Coming Home 64: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954): The Child of the Enemy 65: Helen Thomas (1877-1967): Ivor Gurney 66: Frances Partridge (1900- ): Back to the First World War 68: Radclyffe Hall (1883-1943): Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself 69: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): The Shooting Party 70: Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978): My Mother Won the War

ISBN: 9780198122814
ISBN-10: 0198122810
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.5