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Joanna Bourke

Blenheim (New Zealand)


Joanna Bourke


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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