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Joanna Bourke

Blenheim (New Zealand)

Joanna Bourke

Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London.



Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She defines herself as “socialist-feminist” and has covered a wide range of themes in her work: the history of the working class and women’s work; wartime experiences of men and women; a history of emotions, in particular fear and hate; the history of sexual violence and, most recently, the imposition of bodily pain.

Notable among her published works are:
  • The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers (2014).
  • What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present (2011).
  • Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present (2008).
  • Fear: A Cultural History (2005).
  • Fear and Anxiety: Writing about Emotion in Modern History (2003, article in History Workshop Journal, Oxford University Press).
  • An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare (1999).
  • Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War (1999).
  • Working Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity (1994).

[Last update: December 2014]

Translation: Julie Wark.

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