The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 212 pages
The Labour of Loss explores how mothers, fathers, girlfriends, relatives and friends dealt with their experiences of grief and loss during and after the First and Second World Wars. Based on an examination of private loss through letters and diaries, this study makes a significant contribution to understanding how people came to terms with the deaths of friends and family. Unlike other studies in this area, The Labour of Loss considers how mourning affected men and women in different ways, and analyses the gendered dimensions of grief.
 

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Contents

Theatres of Grief Theatres of Loss
9
The Sacrificial Mother
26
A Fathers Loss
46
The War Widow and the Cost of Memory
65
Returned Limbless Soldiers Identity through Loss
85
The Second World War
103
Absence as Loss on the Homefront and the Battlefront
105
Grieving Mothers
126
A War Widows Mourning
144
Conclusion
161
Notes
164
Bibliography
195
Index
206
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Joy Damousi was born on June 17, 1961 in Melbourne, Australia. She is a graduate of La Trobe University , BA (Honours) and Australian National University, PhD in history. She has held various positions at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University in women's studies and history. Her books include Gender and War: Australians at War in the Twentieth Century, Depraved and Disorderly: Female Convicts, Sexuality and Gender in Colonial Australia, Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-War Australia, The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia, Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia, 1840-1940, and Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia's Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War.