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Nurse Writers of the Great War$
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Christine E. Hallett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992521

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992521.001.0001

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Nurse Writers of the Great War
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Christine E. Hallett

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784992521.003.0011

First World War memoirs were a powerful and influential genre of life writings, but most were written by combatants. This book contributes to the, as yet, limited literature on the writings of nurses. This body of texts offers a unique perspective on the consequences of industrial warfare: the wounds, sickness and emotional trauma caused by the First World War. They were heavily influenced by their authors’ social and professional backgrounds. As autobiographical texts, or ‘life writings’, they provide insight into both the nature of warfare; women’s lives; and the nature of nursing in the early twentieth century.

Keywords:   Nurses’ writings, life writing, autobiography, First World War memoirs, First World War military nurses, Professional nurses, Amateur nurses, Volunteer nurses

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