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    Love and limblessness: male heterosexuality, disability, and the Great War

    Bourke, Joanna (2015) Love and limblessness: male heterosexuality, disability, and the Great War. Journal of War & Culture Studies 9 (1), pp. 3-19. ISSN 1752-6272.

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    Tens of thousands of British men were permanently wounded as a result of war service. Their return home sparked debates about the wounded male body, female accountability for war-injuries, and the ideology, performance, and practice of masculinity. Other historians have shown how ‘broken heroes’ from the First World War were constituted into ‘men’ in four contexts: physical appearance, occupation, sport, and Britishness. This article explores a fifth dimension: sexuality. It explores debates about the need for war-disabled men to establish stable marital relationships and investigates some attempts to encourage this, including encouraging women to take the initiative in proposing marriage and the establishment of The League for the Marrying of Broken Heroes.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Great War, heterosexuality, masculinity, League for the Marrying of Broken Heroes, disability, wounds, love, eugenics, First World War, marriage, femininity, Vera Brittain
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Joanna Bourke
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 11:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:20


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