This book brings together a collection of works by scholars who have produced some of the most innovative and influential work on the topic of First World War nursing in the last ten years. The contributors employ an interdisciplinary collaborative approach that takes into account multiple facets of Allied wartime nursing: historical contexts (history of the profession, recruitment, teaching, different national socio-political contexts), popular cultural stereotypes (in propaganda, popular culture) and longstanding gender norms (woman-as-nurturer). They draw on a wide range of hitherto neglected historical sources, including diaries, novels, letters and material culture. The result is a fully-rounded new study of nurses’ unique and compelling perspectives on the unprecedented experiences of the First World War.
Introduction: New Perspectives on First World War Nursing Christine E. Hallett and Alison S. Fell Part 1: National Identities 1. Making Sister Julie: The Origin of First World War French Nursing Heroines in Franco-Prussian War Stories Margaret H. Darrow 2. "Beacons of Britishness": British Nurses and Female Doctors as Prisoners of War Angela K. Smith 3. "I Begin to Feel as a Normal Being Should, In Spite of the Blood and Anguish in Which I Move": American Women’s First World War Nursing Memoirs Jane Potter Part 2: Professional Identities 4. "All for the Boys": The Nurse-Patient Relationship of Australian Army Nurses in the First World War Kirsty Harris 5. "Emotional Nursing": Involvement, Engagement and Detachment in the Writings of First World War Nurses and VADs Christine E. Hallett 6. A Sister’s War: The Diaries of Alice Slythe Janet Watson Part 3: Nurse as Witness 7. Negotiating injury and masculinity in First World War Nurses’ Writing Carol Acton 8. The Theatre of Pain: Observing Mary Borden in The Forbidden Zone Hazel Hutchison 9. Cubist Vision in Nursing Accounts Margaret R. Higonnet Afterword: Remembering the First World War Nurse in Britain and France Alison S. Fell