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.