‘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 Publication2016
AuthorsLee, Janet
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Volume26
Issue1
Start Page91
Pagination91 - 101
Date Published08/2016
Abstract

In this paper I investigate ‘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. I suggest killing 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. I make 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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