quotes tagged with 'witness'

the 'carnage' is being appauling, and we have been practically in it, as far as horrors go.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 42Saved by highflyingbabe in experience knowledge witness horror trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Imagine a hospital as big as King's College Hospital all packed into a train, and having to be self-provisioned, water, sanitated, lil, cleaned, doctored and nursed and staffed and officered, all within its own limits. No outside person can realise the difficulties except those who try to work it.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 36Saved by highflyingbabe in suffering knowledge home hospital witness trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

many very bad cases, fractures spine, a nearly dying lung case, a boy with wound in lung and live, three pneumonias, some bad enterics (though the worst had not been moved).

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 35Saved by highflyingbabe in body suffering knowledge masculinity witness trauma wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I have expected that one or two of the patients would get out of bed and try to rape me, but I soon discovered that none of them were in a position to rape anybody

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 374Saved by highflyingbabe in suffering masculinity gender witness 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Touching the wounds of soldiers is the most intimate way of body-witnessing history witnessing in and through exposed flesh

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 227Saved by highflyingbabe in body masculinity flesh witness trauma touch wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

there is a frightful compromise which generates a sense of impropriety in the act of witnessing, of the nurse registering the shame of the patient at his awareness of the nurse's knowledge.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 225Saved by highflyingbabe in experience knowledge witness sexuality touch 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The nurse, as well as the reader, is left with a crippling sense of inadequacy.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 219Saved by highflyingbabe in experience writing witness helpless 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

the trauma of witnessing, the steeling of nerves required by these young women suddenly transported from comfortable bourgeois setting into the operating theatre.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 219Saved by highflyingbabe in gender youth witness femininity trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

one of the central problems of both frightful witnessing and representation: the limits of sympathy and language.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 218Saved by highflyingbabe in experience empathy writing witness trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

the memoirs of the nurses speak to us in a double voice: the exhilaration of service-of taking part in a man's world and actively moulding the course of history through the remaking of the soldiers-often has as its underside the trauma of the helpless witness. If moments of actual physical contact help the nurses to stake their legitimate claim on history and establish a common ground with the soldiers, the recollection of the traumatic moments also serves as faultlines within the text, marking points of ideological rupture.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 203Saved by highflyingbabe in duty experience hospital writing witness trauma wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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