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Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World War

Ana Carden-Coyne


The First World War mangled faces, blew away limbs, and ruined nerves. Ten million dead, twenty million severe casualties, and eight million people with permanent disabilities, modern war obliterated with unsparing, mechanical efficiency. Pain and suffering were terrifying consequences of modern war, and yet this truth is not the entire story. People also rebuilt their lives, their communities, and their bodies. Rising from the ashes of war was beauty, eroticism, and the promise of utopia. This book investigates the cultures of resilience and the institutions of reconstruction in Britain, Aust ... More

Keywords: First World War, the body, beauty, pain, disability, rehabilitation, trauma, memory, modernity, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ana Carden-Coyne, author
Co-Director, Centre for the Cultural History of War, University of Manchester
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