Nurses at the Front: Writing the Wounds of the Great War

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A eloquent pair of observers illuminate the role of women in wartime and add significantly to the literature on the Great War.

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Margaret R. Higonnet is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut and an Affiliate at Harvard University's Center for European Studies. She is the editor of Lines of Fire, an anthology of women's writings about World War I, and coeditor of Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars. She lives in the Boston area.

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Higonnet (English, Univ. of Connecticut) brings together excerpts from the graphic, sometimes horrifying, accounts of two nurses' experiences in World War I: Ellen N. La Motte's The Backwash of War (1916) and Mary Borden's The Forbidden Zone (1929). Both women recognized the futility of nursing at the front, where the objective was to heal soldiers so that they might go back to kill or be killed. Indeed, La Motte's writing was so forceful that her book was censored for a time. Higonnet's introduction gives context to the women's writing and notes the parallels in their lives, the incidents they sketched and their observations of the conduct of war, and the place of women in particular. Their vivid descriptions and critiques of the war provide another viewpoint to those of combatants. Since the two original books are no longer in print and are not widely available, this volume would be a useful addition to academic and public libraries with interests in World War I and especially in women's accounts of the war. Patricia A. Beaber, Coll. of New Jersey Lib., Ewing
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