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Edith Cavell and her Legend

Authors: Hallett, Christine E.

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  • Addresses the ways in which successive generations have attempted to understand the life, work and execution of civilian nurse, Edith Cavell
  • Challenges existing propagandist representations depicting Cavell as either a heroine or a martyr
  • Offers an overarching perspective on the ways in which Cavell has been mythologised in popular culture and memory
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This book examines the myriad identities and portrayals of Edith Cavell, as they have been constructed and handed down by propagandists, biographers and artists.  Cavell was first introduced to the British public through a series of Foreign Office statements which claimed to establish the “facts” of her case.  Her own voice, along with those of her family, colleagues and friends, were muted, as a monolithic image of a national heroine and martyr emerged.  The book identifies two main areas of tension in her commemoration: firstly, the contrast between complexity of her own behaviour and motivations and the simplicity of the “Cavell Legend” that was constructed around her; and, secondly, the mismatch between the attempts of individuals and professional organisations to commemorate her life and work, and the public construction of a “heroine” who could be of value to the nation state.   

About the authors

Christine E Hallett is Professor of History at the University of Huddersfield, UK.  She is Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, and President of the European Association for the History of Nursing.  Her most recent work has focussed on the practice of nurses during the First World War, and she has published four monographs, including Nurse Writers of the Great War (2016).   

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54371-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54370-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Edith Cavell and her Legend
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54371-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54371-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54370-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 137
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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