quotes tagged with 'brittain'

I had not yet acquired the self-protective callousness of later days, and I put into the writing of my diary that evening an emotion comparable to the feeling of shock and impotent pity that had seized Roland when he found the first dead man from his platoon at the bottom of the trench.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 176Saved by highflyingbabe in writing shield futility helpless brittain 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The mutilated body of the soldier in Testament of Youth looms behind Brittain's hand, touching hers, meeting ours as we turn the pages of the book-each alone.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 228Saved by highflyingbabe in body writing touch wound brittain 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The war, at this stage at least, must still be believed in: Roland had died for it, her brother Edward was still fighting and she had disrupted her studied at Oxford to serve the 'British Tommies'.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 212Saved by highflyingbabe in patriotism death horror futility brittain 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

vertiginous movement between abjection and desire, the shattered ruins of the battlefields and the longing for that one perfect body.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 211Saved by highflyingbabe in body sexuality intimacy touch brittain 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

she dwells on moments when the young, sheltered, female body comes in actual physical contact with male wounds. Such moments occur obsessively in the nurses' writings, as if the hand was doomed to a compulsion to repeat the experiences from which it most shuddered. (of Brittain's Testament of Youth)

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 176Saved by highflyingbabe in body masculinity gender youth femininity intimacy touch brittain 8 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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