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British Army sisters and soldiers in the Second World War

Negotiating nursing explores how the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Q.A.s) salvaged men within the sensitive gender negotiations of what should and could constitute nursing work and where that work could occur. The book argues that the Q.A.s, an entirely female force during the Second World War, were essential to recovering men physically, emotionally and spiritually from the battlefield and for the war, despite concerns about their presence on the frontline. The book maps the developments in nurses’ work as the Q.A.s created a legitimate space for themselves in war zones and established nurses’ position as the expert at the bedside. Using a range of personal testimony the book demonstrates how the exigencies of war demanded nurses alter the methods of nursing practice and the professional boundaries in which they had traditionally worked, in order to care for their soldier-patients in the challenging environments of a war zone. Although they may have transformed practice, their position in war was highly gendered and it was gender in the post-war era that prevented their considerable skills from being transferred to the new welfare state, as the women of Britain were returned to the home and hearth. The aftermath of war may therefore have augured professional disappointment for some nursing sisters, yet their contribution to nursing knowledge and practice was, and remains, significant.

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, and concentrate more on the lived experience of all those involved in colonial life, to analyse domestic and women’s spaces and see beyond the “heroic” adventures of male travellers’. 45 Travel should not be viewed as separate from the ‘everyday’. Indeed, historically, immigration accounts for the greatest volume of travellers. The IODE and other patriotic organizations were well aware of the

in Female imperialism and national identity
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John Lydgate’s ‘Soteltes for the coronation banquet of Henry VI’

include Barbara A. Hanawalt and Michal Kilbialka, eds, Medieval practices of space (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000); Mayke de Jong, Frans Theuws, and Carine van Rhijn, eds, Topographies of power in the Middle Ages (Leiden: Brill, 2001); Virginia Chieffo Raguin and Sarah Stanbury, eds, Women’s space: patronage, place, and gender in the medieval church (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005), and Geraldine Heng, Empire of magic: medieval romance and the politics of cultural fantasy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003). 25 Mark

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England
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Postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame

the conventional national allegory, their practice can even so be compared on the grounds of their shared concern to rework the national space from their own particular political perspectives as women. Gillian Rose’s still invaluable theory of women’s space sheds further light on this idea of shifting and multiply located identity. The emphasis in her work on constellated locales and on diversified space as resistant to homogeneous, ‘masculine’ space, importantly nuances transnationalism’s possible association with the system of global capitalism.16 In particular

in Stories of women
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Debatable lands and passable boundaries

interrogated and fought over, these debatable lands are Said’s ‘complex and uneven topography’ (1993: 386), as much about women’s space within the nation as about the boundaries of Scotland. Norquay_05_Ch4 80 22/3/02, 9:53 am 81 Debatable lands and passable boundaries Notes 1 This chapter is based in part on an earlier essay, ‘Imagined Corners to Debatable Land: Passable Boundaries’ (Christianson 1996). 2 In 1850, Dinah Mulock Craik applied it to that other liminal geographical space in Scotland, the northern side of the rift valley that delimits highlands from

in Across the margins
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, discipline and polite exchanges of some women’s spaces or workspaces, the case study presented below helps to illuminate the ways in which Afro-Caribbean men and women in the diaspora draw from both value systems to mark their home culture. Afro-Caribbean men and women generally inhabit distinct cultural spheres, and the cricket grounds and the club’s associated parties and picnics are primarily spaces of

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