damned_colonial: Convicts in Sydney, being spoken to by a guard/soldier (Default)
[personal profile] damned_colonial posting in [community profile] readingthepast
Please suggest themes you'd like to see covered here! Cut and paste the following into a comment:

ETA: please put your theme in the subject of your comment!

Theme:
Are you prepared to run it? Yes/No
Suggested books, if you have them already:


What does it mean to run the theme?

1. At least one month in advance, you'll let everyone know about the theme and your suggested reading for it. You need to suggest at least 3 works of fiction.
2. On the first of the month, you will post a welcome/introduction/kickoff for the theme.
3. Throughout the month, you'll take an active part in discussion of the theme.

You do not have to be an expert on the theme to run it. You just need to have an interest in it.

Women At War, WWI

Date: 2009-06-01 08:39 pm (UTC)
wychwood: Fraser walking away, with a maple leaf (due South - Fraser far from home)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Theme: the home front and/or women at the front during WWI

Are you prepared to run it? Yes

Suggested books:
Rilla of Ingleside, by LM Montgomery (available at Gutenberg and written only shortly after the war)

I would like to include a book from the German (or other Axis) perspective, and ideally either one from a non-European / non-Anglo perspective or set in one of the areas that were being fought over / through, if anyone has any suggestions!

Could include Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, as non-fic.

I'd like to look at stuff other than the basic "trench warfare" narratives, in particular; I can think of lots of home-front stuff from WWII, but not so much WWI, so suggestions would be really helpful.

Re: Women At War, WWI

Date: 2009-06-01 09:46 pm (UTC)
naraht: "If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be called research" (hist-Research)
From: [personal profile] naraht
I'd like to look at stuff other than the basic "trench warfare" narratives, in particular; I can think of lots of home-front stuff from WWII, but not so much WWI, so suggestions would be really helpful.

Do you know, I can't think of anything either, apart from Vera Brittain.

Good secondary sources can be found in the "war" section of Oxford's twentieth century social history paper...

http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/currentunder/bibliographies/fhs_fs_22_britsoc20C_october_2007.pdf

Can I put in a plug for "The Great War and Modern Memory" by Paul Fussell even though it isn't strictly speaking about the home front?

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-01 10:18 pm (UTC)
wychwood: Lt Welsh in a vest being leered at by Mounties (due South - Welsh mancandy)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
True!

I'd suggest Blackadder Goes Forth as an interesting TV series for this - it's ridiculous and hilarious, certainly, but it actually respects the context more than I expect.

Also, how about Regeneration, the Pat Barker series? I've heard a lot of good things about that, though I wasn't overwhelmed myself. That's actual historical fiction, go team me!

I'd like something from elsewhere in the world, but I don't know what to suggest, again. There's nothing obviously non-European in that category you linked, though I need to look more closely.

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-01 10:26 pm (UTC)
nightmareink: tree branches with white flowers on them (Default)
From: [personal profile] nightmareink
I liked Regeneration myself. I need to read the other two books however.

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-03 04:28 pm (UTC)
wychwood: Fraser and RayK in the dark (due South - Fraser and RayK partners dar)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Wow, that sounds awesome! I want to read it!

*bets there will not be copies in Europe...*

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-03 04:43 pm (UTC)
wychwood: bread and roses (gen - bread and roses)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Yeah, but they cost money *g*. Mostly I rely on my library system and Bookmooch, but that's obviously fairly limiting.

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-01 10:26 pm (UTC)
nightmareink: tree branches with white flowers on them (Default)
From: [personal profile] nightmareink
If there's no one who has volunteered to run this one, I'd be willing to do so. WWI is an area of interest of mine and I'm at least familiar with two of the books mentioned here.

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-01 10:35 pm (UTC)
naraht: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naraht
We should probably do WW1 in general, too.

That's kind of a big topic, isn't it?

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-01 10:52 pm (UTC)
naraht: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naraht
Fair enough. I suppose it was the contrast to "British women on the home front in WWI" that caught my attention...

Re: WW1 in general

Date: 2009-06-03 04:34 pm (UTC)
wychwood: chess queen against a runestone (Default)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Not just British women! Other nationalities would be even better.

Re: Women At War, WWI

Date: 2009-06-03 04:35 pm (UTC)
wychwood: bread and roses (gen - bread and roses)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Wow, that's an impressive list! Should keep us going for a bit...

Profile

Reading the Past

July 2009

S M T W T F S
    1234
56 7891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Page Summary

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 27th, 2017 12:32 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios