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    Dismembering the male: men's bodies, Britain and the Great War

    Bourke, Joanna (1996) Dismembering the male: men's bodies, Britain and the Great War. London, UK: Reaktion Books. ISBN 9781861890351.

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    Book synopsis: 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.

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