Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to by Jane Potter

By Jane Potter

Modernist texts and writings of protest have formerly acquired many of the severe recognition of literary students of the 1st international warfare. well known literature with its penchant for predictable storylines, melodramatic prose, and patriotic rhetoric has been much-maligned or a minimum of missed. Boys in Khaki, ladies in Print redresses the stability. It turns the highlight at the novels and memoirs of ladies writers--many of whom at the moment are nearly forgotten--that appealed to a British studying public hungry for enjoyment, information, and particularly, encouragement within the face of uncertainty and grief. The writers of 1914-18 had robust types for reading their warfare, as a attention of texts from the Anglo-Boer conflict of 1899-1902 indicates. They have been additionally strengthened by means of wartime publishing practices that bolstered the experience that their books, even if fiction or non-fiction, weren't easily "light" leisure yet strong brokers of propaganda. Generously illustrated, Boys in Khaki, women in Print is a scholarly but available illumination of a hitherto untapped source of women's writing and is a vital new contribution to the learn of the literature of the good warfare.

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Lying everywhere’. Although two of the six nurses, ‘horror-stricken with the spectacle’, faint, ‘Jean Kennedy worked as she never had worked before. ’ The exemplary heroine always seems to overwork. This feverish rush to save lives is a key element, especially in nursing memoirs, and foregrounds the ways in which women behave unexpectedly in the service of the sick and the wounded. Healing soldiers is not just validated, it is celebrated. It is not until the late afternoon that she finds her brother seriously, but not mortally, wounded.

Not only are the lives and activities of such figures as Lord Roberts, Lady Buller, and Mrs Humphry Ward discussed, but ‘American Ladies in the Transvaal’ and ‘Ladies Who are Aiding the War Fund and the Wounded’ are profiled. Hints are also given for ‘Practical Patriotism’. Certainly, the overriding impression of this periodical is that to be patriotic is to be en vogue. , cautions girls who seek military husbands. In ‘Soldiers’ Wives’ (21 July 1900), the Revd E. Hardy, Chaplain to the Forces, claims that many girls are attracted by the uniform without realizing the dangers—‘It sounds well to be a soldier’s wife in war time, but the reality cannot be very pleasant’—or the important role army wives play—‘Few people realise what it is to be the wife of a successful soldier’.

Do you think I should be 29 ‘Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates’ (Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929), 191). 30 Before the Lamps Went Out here if I were a man and could shoot? I wouldn’t sit before maps, then!. . I should do a man’s work. I couldn’t bear to see others gladly doing what I could do better than they. ’’’ Having internalized this masculine paradigm, she thinks Guy a coward for his failure to do likewise.

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