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Dismembering the Male By Joanne Bourke

Dismembering the Male by Joanne Bourke

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Based on letters, diaries and oral histories, this title explores the impact of the 'war to end all wars' on the male body. It argues that military experiences led to a greater sharing of gender identities between men of different classes and ages.

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Dismembering the Male: Men (TM)s Bodies, Britain and the Great War Pb by Joanne Bourke

That notions of femininity were seriously disrupted during the First World War has become obvious in recent years. But what happened to masculinity at the same time? Based on letters, diaries and oral histories, Dismembering the Male explores the impact of the 'war to end all wars' on the male body. Joanna Bourke argues convincingly that military experiences led to a greater sharing of gender identities between men of different classes and ages. She concludes that attempts to construct a new type of masculinity failed as the threat of another war, and with it the sacrifice of a new generation of men, intensified.

Dismembering the Male Reviews

Bourke evokes a real tenderness and understanding for the men who were pushed to breaking point and beyond ... in a book well illustrated with contemporary photographs and sketches from men's letters and diaries ... a fine work Times Higher Education Supplement cogent insights into wartime experience Independent on Sunday stunning The Observer

About Joanne Bourke

Joanna Bourke is Professor in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London

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NPB9781861890351
9781861890351
1861890354
Dismembering the Male: Men (TM)s Bodies, Britain and the Great War Pb by Joanne Bourke
New
Paperback
Reaktion Books
19990301
336
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