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An examination of the interface between private narratives of loss and grief in wartime and publicly accepted and legitimized forms of grieving and mourning. Considering the implications of using gender as an analytic category in examining cultural narratives of loss in wartime, the author looks at men's and women's experiences of war both 'at home' and 'at the front'. The analysis spans the two World Wars to the Vietnam War and the recent war in Iraq, and draws on a wide range of auto/biographical sources from diaries and poetry to weblogs.



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