Women on War: An International Anthology of Women's Writings from Antiquity to the Present

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Daniela Gioseffi
Feminist Press at CUNY, 2003 - History - 375 pages
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From Margaret Atwood to Daisy Zamora, Simone de Beauvoir to Virginia Woolf, many of the world's greatest women writers have reflected upon one of humanity's most tragic and powerful experiences: war. Yet most of these writings are little known, just as women's perceptions of war remain largely absent from the history books.

Women on War gathers together writings by more than 150 women, including renowned poets, novelists, essayists, journalists, and activists, as well as ordinary women with first-hand experience of armed conflict as survivors, refugees, rape victims, nurses, and soldiers. Spanning the globe and traversing more than two centuries, the pieces in this compelling collection range from an ancient verse by Sappho to testimony by Afghan women and poems about the impact of September 11, 2001. In voices that are gripping, mournful, defiant, and often surprisingly hopeful, these writers join to produce a portrait of wartime experience that has too seldom been seen, and a plea for peace that has too seldom been heard.

The first edition of Women on War, published in 1988, was hailed as a landmark book and won wide critical acclaim. The New York Times called the anthology "an eloquent response to global violence [which] sweeps with authority through time and across national boundaries. . . . This is one book one hopes will be translated into all of humankind's languages." This long-awaited new edition, which contains nearly 40 percent new material and includes responses to the conflicts of our own times, is sure to earn a place as a landmark work for the 21st century.

 

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The first edition of this anthology, published in 1988, was subtitled Essential Voices for the Nuclear Age and won an American Book Award. This second edition is certainly well timed. While it still ... Read full review

Contents

PROPHECIES AND WARNINGS
1
Lament to The Spirit of War
3
Patriotism as a Menace to Liberty
4
Militarism as a Province of Accumulation
5
O Earth Unhappy Planet Born to Die
6
From The Face of War
7
The Progress
10
Declaration of Love
11
Morning in the Park Among the Nannies
185
From Boys in Zinc
193
The CampsBosnia
200
From The Other Side of Silence
203
From A Girl Soldiers Story
207
The Impact of Genocide on Women
212
The Deliverance of Argos
217
A National Crime
219

Between Men and Women and What If This Week
12
Children of the Epoch
14
The Nightmare Factory
15
From Cassandra
17
The Latest Weapon of War
20
Six Narratives
23
Stockpiling
24
Words Spoken by Pasternak During a Bombing
27
From The New Nuclear Danger
28
Bread
39
The Religion of War
41
Among Tall Buildings
49
The Fifties
52
At Ground Zero in Hiroshima
53
To the Soldiers of El Salvador
54
Intellectuals
56
Bioterror and Biosaftey
69
Crawling from the Wreckage
70
A Serbian Perspective
80
A Pure High Note of Anguish
86
Why Missile Defense Will Not Make Us Safer
88
The Algebra of Infinite Justice
90
VIOLENCE AND MOURNING
99
From Song of Pathos and Wrath and Eighteen Verses in Huns Flute Melody
101
Elegy for My Brother
104
From Hospital Sketches
105
The First LongRange Artillery Fire on Leningrad
107
From All Said and Done
111
From The War
115
The Son of Man
116
Face Lost in the Wilderness
118
From The Wind Blows Away Our Words
120
Death in Slow Motion
127
The Star Obscure
131
From Camp Notes
133
Evasion
135
Eyes of an Afghan Child
136
Hellish Years After Hellish Days
137
Viet Minh and Famine
142
From Comfort Woman
144
Songs of Bread and An Armenian Looking at Newsphotos of the Cambodian Deathwatch
147
The Enemy Army Has Passed Through
149
From Sorrow Mountain
151
Its Not the Fear of Shivering
157
The Bombing of Baghdad
158
Front Maneuvers
161
Dont Speak the Language of the Enemy and The Exotic Enemy
165
From The Price of Freedom
170
From Beyond the Limbo Silence
173
Certain Winds from the South
175
Report from Vietnam for International Womans Day
181
Friend and Foe and To One in Beirut
182
The Blood of Others
184
Women and War
221
Finnish Champion
223
The Women Take a Hand
224
From Verses to Chekia
228
The Drought Breaks
229
Political Activism and Art
232
Kathe Kollwitz
234
The Artists Rebellious Integrity
238
And Still I Rise
240
Memory Says Yes
241
From Sula
242
The Parachutists Wife
247
Nuclear Bomb Testing on Human Guinea Pigs
249
I Am Your Horse in the Night
252
Antigone
255
Blind Unpredictable Terror
261
They Followed Us into the Night
262
Guatamala Your Blood
263
Return
264
An Interview
267
The Bath
272
A Cambodian Childhood
275
Three Poems
283
We Are All Women in Black
287
HOPE AND SURVIVAL
291
To an Army Wife in Sardis
293
Yes to the Earth
295
Free Women Blossoming from Old Battlefields
296
In Defense of the United Nations
297
I Have All the Passion of Life
299
Women Know a Lot of Things
301
Making Peace and What It Could Be
304
On a Japanese Beach
306
A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered
307
The Future
309
The Spoils of War
313
Letter from Ground Zero
315
A Forgiving Land
321
My Sons Childhood
324
On Being Joyously Political in Dangerous Times
325
Only Justice Can Stop a Curse
333
Black Woman
336
Letter to an Iraqi Woman
337
Women and Ecology
340
Black Hills Survival Gathering 1980
344
A New Dawn in Town
346
SONG OF HOPE
347
Tough Love
350
Select Bibliography
357
Sources and Permission CreditsAuthor Index
365
SubjectGeographic Index
373
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Daniela Gioseffi is the author of several volumes of poetry and fiction, including Word Wounds and Water Flowers, and In Bed With the Exotic Enemy. In addition to Women on War, she edited a second award-winning anthology, On Prejudice: A Global Perspective, which won a World Peace Award from the Ploughshares Fund.

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