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Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature


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Introduction: 'Touch is the spirit and rule of all'; Part I. Mud: 1. 'A real monster that sucked': the threat of mud in First World War literature; 2. Muddy narratives; Part II. Intimacies: 3. 'Kiss me, Hardy': the dying kiss in the First World War trenches; 4. Wilfred Owen and the sense of touch; Part III. Wounds: 5. 'Deep into his body': service, sympathy and suffering in the nurses' memoirs; 6. The operating theatre; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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Santanu Das uncovers the intimate history of how war was experienced by the body.

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Santanu Das is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London.


From the hardback review: '... delicately nuanced, intricately subtle ...' Times Literary Supplement From the hardback review: 'Santanu Das has written an original, closely argued and highly detailed account of the way in which touch - the physical interaction with one's surroundings and one's fellow soldiers - defined the experience of the war and the ways in which it was recorded. ... it is packed with original research and is uncommonly well written.' Daily Telegraph From the hardback review: 'Touch and Intimacy melds a wide range of sources into a brilliantly convincing whole. Methodologically, it makes use of a sophisticated and erudite mix of theory ...' CLIO 'There are some beautiful and revealing passages of writing here ...' The Ivor Gurney Society Journal

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