World War I Short Fiction Criticism: Female Short Fiction Writers Of World War I - Essay

Margaret R. Higonnet (essay date 1993)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Higonnet, Margaret R. “Not So Quiet in No-Woman's Land.” In Gendering War Talk, edited by Miriam Cooke and Angela Woollacott, pp. 205-26. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993.

[In the following essay, Higonnet identifies and discusses several of “the misogynist barriers women had to overcome when they translated the war into words.”]

Patriarchal Poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is the same as
                                        patriarchal poetry is the same as Patriotic poetry is
                                                                                the same as patriarchal poetry is the same.

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Jane Potter (essay date 1997)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Potter, Jane. “‘A Great Purifier’: The Great War in Women's Romances and Memoirs, 1914-1918.” In Women's Fiction and the Great War, edited by Suzanne Raitt and Trudi Tate, pp. 85-106. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.

[In the following essay, Potter explores the transformative power of World War I on women's lives through an examination of women's romance stories and memoir writing.]

Romance and memoir are by far the most common forms used by women writers during the First World War.1 Most of the authors are unknown to us now. The works themselves are not ‘great literature’, but they are of literary and historical interest for what they say...

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Margaret R. Higonnet (essay date 2001)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Higonnet, Margaret R. Introduction to Nurses at the Front: Writing the Wounds of the Great War, edited by Margaret R. Higonnet, pp. vii. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.

[In the following essay, Higonnet asserts that the fiction of Ellen Newbold La Motte and Mary Borden, two American nurses who volunteered for service during World War I, provides a valuable contribution to the canon of war literature.]

It was the war that had taken me to France,” recollected the novelist and poet Mary Borden.1 At the very moment when advancing armies were driving refugee women and children away from their homes in the battle zones of Belgium and Poland,...

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