Bodies, Love, and Faith in the First World War

Dardanella and Peter

  • Nancy Christie
  • Michael Gauvreau

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Nancy Christie, Michael Gauvreau
    Pages 1-17
  3. Nancy Christie, Michael Gauvreau
    Pages 19-68
  4. Nancy Christie, Michael Gauvreau
    Pages 69-103
  5. Nancy Christie, Michael Gauvreau
    Pages 147-190
  6. Nancy Christie, Michael Gauvreau
    Pages 191-250
  7. Nancy Christie, Michael Gauvreau
    Pages 251-274
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 289-319

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.  


modernity companionate marriage Victorianism First World War history of emotions

Authors and affiliations

  • Nancy Christie
    • 1
  • Michael Gauvreau
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Western OntarioLondon, ONCanada
  2. 2.McMaster UniversityHamilton, ONCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72834-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72835-3
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