The Second Battlefield: Women, Modernism and the First World War

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Manchester University Press, 2000 - History - 214 pages
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Explores written representations of First World War experience, produced by a variety of different women. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material, in the form of diaries and letters, the book examines the way in which the variety of new roles undertaken by women triggered a search, conscious or otherwise, for appropriate new forms of expression. Through the twin approaches of literary criticism and historical exploration, the book contributes an important new strand to the scholarship of women and war. Expands current notions of how modernisms should be defined. This volume compliments Angela K. Smith's 1999 publication, Women's writing of the First World War: An anthology (MUP).
  

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Contents

The private pen
17
the frontline woman
47
hospital stories of the First World War
70
the womans story
105
Agents of Civilisation
134
female modernisms
161
Select bibliography
200
Further reading
207
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Angela K. Smith is Lecturer in English at the University of Plymouth and editor of Women's Writing of the First World War.

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