'Not Septimus Now': Wives of Disabled Veterans and Cultural Memory of the First World War in Britain

Title'Not Septimus Now': Wives of Disabled Veterans and Cultural Memory of the First World War in Britain
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsMeyer, Jessica
JournalWomen's History Review
Volume13
Issue1
Pagination117-138
Date Published03/2004
Abstract

Much of the writing on gender and the First World War has looked at the ways in which pre-war gender norms were reasserted in British society after the War. The article looks at the experiences of one group of women, the wives of men psychologically disabled by the experience of war, to show how disability could prevent the reassertion of pre-war gender roles. The experiences of these women, as expressed in the disability files created by the Ministry of Pensions, is then compared with the dramatisations of wives of disabled veterans in two post-war novels. This comparison highlights the ways in which such dramatisations turned the figure of the wife of the disabled veteran into a symbol of suffering that may be compared to the similarly symbolic figures of the neurasthenic veteran.

URLhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09612020400200386
Short TitleNot Septimus Now
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