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Bodies, Love, and Faith in the First World War

Dardanella and Peter

  • 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

Book

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

Introduction

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.

Keywords

modernity companionate marriage Victorianism First World War history of emotions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western OntarioLondon, ONCanada
  2. 2.McMaster UniversityHamilton, ONCanada

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).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bodies, Love, and Faith in the First World War
  • Book Subtitle Dardanella and Peter
  • Authors Nancy Christie
    Michael Gauvreau
  • Series Title Genders and Sexualities in History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Genders and Sexualities in History
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72835-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-72834-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10273-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-72835-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 319
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural History
    Social History
    History of Modern Europe
    Gender and Sexuality
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“Historians of gender, sexuality, and religion will find a great deal to interest them in this valuable volume.” (Mo Moulton, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 60 (1), January, 2021)