Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Womens Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918

Paperback | October 25, 2008

byJane Potter

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Modernist texts and writings of protest have until now received most of the critical attention of literary scholars of the First World War. Popular literature with its penchant for predictable storylines, melodramatic prose, and patriotic rhetoric has been much-maligned or at the very leastignored. Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War redresses the balance. It turns the spotlight on the novels and memoirs of women writers - many of whom are now virtually forgotten - that appealed to a British reading public hungry for amusement, news, and aboveall, encouragement in the face of uncertainty and grief. The writers of 1914-18 had powerful models for interpreting their war, as a consideration of texts from the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 shows. They were also bolstered by wartime publishing practices that reinforced the sense that their books,whether fiction or non-fiction, were not simply 'light' entertainment but a powerful agents of propaganda. Generously illustrated, Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print is a scholarly yet accessible illumination of a hitherto untapped resource of women's writing and is an important new contribution to thestudy of the literature of the Great War.

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Modernist texts and writings of protest have until now received most of the critical attention of literary scholars of the First World War. Popular literature with its penchant for predictable storylines, melodramatic prose, and patriotic rhetoric has been much-maligned or at the very leastignored. Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women'...

Jane Potter is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:October 25, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199543216

ISBN - 13:9780199543212

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Introduction1. Before the lamps went out: The social and literary background of the Great War2. 'Is your best boy wearing khaki?': Publishing and propaganda3. 'Putting things in their right places': The War in romance novels4. 'I alone am left to tell the tale': Memoirs by women on active serviceAppendix 1: Items on a Boer War theme in iThe Girl's Own Paper/i, iThe Girl's Realm/i, and iThe Lady's Realm/i, 1899-1902Appendix 2: Publishers and the number of pamphlets or books published for Wellington House, 1914-18Appendix 3: Biographies of main authors

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`Review from previous edition Potter's book is a thoughtful study that expands our view of the period'Times Higher Education Supplement