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Genders and Sexualities in History

Bodies, Love, and Faith in the First World War

Dardanella and Peter

Authors: Christie, Nancy, Gauvreau, Michael

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  • Charts the relationship and marriage of Gwyneth Murray and Harry Logan, through their personal correspondance from 1911-1919
  • Explores conflicted and complex attempts to frame male and female self-identity during a period of cultural flux
  • Demonstrates that ‘normative’ heterosexuality was not a fixed category in Edwardian society, but had to be constantly rearticulated
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About this book

This book explores the courtship and marriage of Gwyneth Murray, an English woman, and a Canadian, Harry Logan, who wrote in the personae of their vagina (Dardanella) and penis (Peter) during World War I.  Through an analysis of their extensive daily correspondence over nearly a decade, it uncovers the couple’s changing attitudes to the intersection of sexuality and religion, to marriage and childrearing, as they navigated the transition from Victorian to modern values.  By focusing on first-person narratives, this book enriches our understanding of gender identities revealing how porous the boundaries remained between notions of 'heterosexual' and 'same-sex' friendships.  This study offers an unprecedented perspective on one couple’s sexual practices, which included mutual masturbation and oral sex, and constitutes one of the most intensive examinations of female attitudes to sexual pleasure in an era of female emancipation.  

About the authors

Nancy Christie is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Previous publications include Engendering the State: Family, Work and Welfare in Canada (2000), which was awarded the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for best book in Canadian history in 2001, and A Full-Orbed Christianity: The Protestant Churches and Social Welfare in Canada (1996).

Michael Gauvreau is Professor of History at McMaster University, Canada. Previous publications include The Catholic Origins of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution (2005), which was awarded the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for best book in Canadian history in 2006, and The Hand of God: Claude Ryan and the Fate of Canadian Liberalism, 1925-1971 (2017).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-72835-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-72834-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-10273-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bodies, Love, and Faith in the First World War
Book Subtitle
Dardanella and Peter
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72835-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72835-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72834-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10273-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 319
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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