'Knights of the Air': Joyful Slaughter and the Pleasures of Moral Survival

Title'Knights of the Air': Joyful Slaughter and the Pleasures of Moral Survival
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLee, Janet
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Volume26
Issue1
Pagination91 - 101
Date Published08/2016
Abstract

In her paper, Janet Lee investigates ‘joyful slaughter’, the pleasures of sanctioned killing, as represented in diaries and letters written during combat by World War I airmen of the British Royal Flying Corps. Killing is suggested as only one, and potentially the least pleasurable, aspect of combat scenarios by examining its connection to a range of ‘regulating’ and ‘mobilising’ emotional practices centred in the interdependent geographies of chivalrous duty and exhilarating flight. The author makes the case for the triumph of joyful survival over joyful slaughter as a consequence of the moral performance of killing rather than being killed.

URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09589236.2016.1215970
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