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Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in the First World War
Author: Janet Lee

Total war tends to create a situation that falls back on established social and cultural discourses and institutional arrangements at the same time that it provides the opportunity for a shifting and renegotiation of these arrangements. This book explores how the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) drew upon, and/or subverted cultural mythologies to make sense of their wartime service. It focuses on this renegotiation of gender and examines seven key themes implicit in this process. The first theme concerns the ways women's military organizations utilized traditional notions of genteel femininity and its accompanying nurturance, cheerfulness and devotion in their promise of service, yet went beyond the parameters of such cultural mythologies. The second focuses on the gendering of military heroism. The third theme addresses the context of female military service in terms of the preparation women received, the opportunities they were given and the risks they took, and focuses on their coping behaviours. Theme four focuses specifically on women's transgression into the masculine terrain of driving and mechanics and shares the ways they developed skills and competencies previously off-limits for women. Such transgressions almost invariably led to women having to negotiate masculine authority and develop skills in autonomy, independence and assertiveness - the focus of theme five. The last two themes discussed in the book address the integration and consolidation of women's organizations as the war progressed and their service became indispensable.

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Kirsty Reid

thus with the creation of hierarchies of class, it was also always associated with prescriptive ideas about sexual morality and gender roles and so with the belief that men and women belonged in particular places and spaces. Family and state power were associated, in particular, with the expression of masculine authority. Although repeatedly imagined as natural, state strategies and imperial and

in Gender, crime and empire
The Belgian convoy and Port à Binson Priory Hospital 1917
Janet Lee

their plans for new expansion. It also explores the concept of authority in terms of both power within the organization and the relationship of women to masculine authority in the context of war. This is theme five in the negotiation of gender relations. Although McDougall led the FANY in altering relationships with men as authority figures and modelled autonomy and independence for women in war work, she had her own problems with issues of power within the organization. The Belgian convoy and Port à Binson Hospital A convoy for the Belgians McDougall enjoyed the

in War girls
Protection of animals in nineteenth-century Britain
Author: Diana Donald

This book explores for the first time women’s leading roles in animal protection in nineteenth-century Britain. Victorian women founded pioneering bodies such as the Battersea Dogs’ Home, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the first anti-vivisection society. They intervened directly to stop abuses, promoted animal welfare, and schooled the young in humane values via the Band of Mercy movement. They also published literature that, through strongly argued polemic or through imaginative storytelling, notably in Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, showed man’s unjustifiable cruelty to animals. In all these enterprises, they encountered opponents who sought to discredit and thwart their efforts by invoking age-old notions of female ‘sentimentality’ or ‘hysteria’, which supposedly needed to be checked by ‘masculine’ pragmatism, rationality and broadmindedness, especially where men’s field sports were concerned. To counter any public perception of extremism, conservative bodies such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for long excluded women from executive roles, despite their crucial importance as donors and grassroots activists. However, women’s growing opportunities for public work in philanthropic projects and the development of militant feminism, running in parallel with campaigns for the vote, gave them greater boldness in expressing their distinctive view of animal–human relations, in defiance of patriarchy. In analysing all these historic factors, the book unites feminist perspectives, especially constructions of gender, with the fast-developing field of animal–human history.

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The Algerian war and the ‘emancipation’ of Muslim women, 1954–62
Author: Neil Macmaster

In May 1958, and four years into the Algerian War of Independence, a revolt again appropriated the revolutionary and republican symbolism of the French Revolution by seizing power through a Committee of Public Safety. This book explores why a repressive colonial system that had for over a century maintained the material and intellectual backwardness of Algerian women now turned to an extensive programme of 'emancipation'. After a brief background sketch of the situation of Algerian women during the post-war decade, it discusses the various factors contributed to the emergence of the first significant women's organisations in the main urban centres. It was only after the outbreak of the rebellion in 1954 and the arrival of many hundreds of wives of army officers that the model of female interventionism became dramatically activated. The French military intervention in Algeria during 1954-1962 derived its force from the Orientalist current in European colonialism and also seemed to foreshadow the revival of global Islamophobia after 1979 and the eventual moves to 'liberate' Muslim societies by US-led neo-imperialism in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the women of Bordj Okhriss, as throughout Algeria, the French army represented a dangerous and powerful force associated with mass destruction, brutality and rape. The central contradiction facing the mobile socio-medical teams teams was how to gain the trust of Algerian women and to bring them social progress and emancipation when they themselves were part of an army that had destroyed their villages and driven them into refugee camps.

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Tradition and taboo
Guy Austin

-stop reveals one of the three women from La Bataille d’Alger who again remains mute, as if to contrast with the vocal assertiveness of Fatima herself. At three key moments in the narrative Fatima has to assume a form of performative responsibility when confronted with masculine authority: taking upon herself her dead brother’s mission within the FLN cell; negotiating with the French soldiers for the return of her bag (with the

in Algerian national cinema
Carol Engelhardt Herringer

5 The Virgin Mary and the formation of Victorian masculinities V ictorian religion was, at the official level, largely a masculine enterprise. In neither church nor chapel (with a few exceptions) could women preach or hold positions of authority; their role in religious assemblies as in the home was to support male authority. The clergy would appear to have been well-positioned to take advantage of the religious endorsement of masculine authority, given the sanction of their profession as well as their sex. However, in the nineteenth century clerical authority

in Victorians and the Virgin Mary
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Kirsty Reid

ideas can, for example, mutate from being a discourse of power to a vehicle for dissent. 35 Harriet Bowtle’s words remind us of exactly this point, revealing, as they do, the ways in which ideas can, at times, serve to reaffirm power and yet simultaneously to hint at critiques of it. Her appeal was, on the one hand, to a model of masculine authority that was properly paternalistic and humane, and her

in Gender, crime and empire
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Troubling race, ethnicity, and masculinity in Beowulf
Catalin Taranu

than discomfort about forbidden erotic impulses. Beowulf's masculine authority in this sexually charged battle is called into question not only by his near-defeat by Grendel's mother, but also by his problematic relationship to swords. 17 The possession of weapons, especially swords, is closely related to masculine identity in Anglo-Saxon culture. 18 One of the main Old English terms for ‘man’, wæpnedmann , and a variety of compounds signifying the male sex attested

in Dating Beowulf