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Professor Joanna Bourke FBA

Social and cultural history of modern Britain and America; history of war and violence; medical humanities; history of the emotions; masculinity; sexual violence; what it means to be human
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About this Fellow

Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, and rape. Among others, she is the author of Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War (1996), An Intimate History of Killing (1999), Fear: A Cultural History (2005) and Rape: A History from the 1860s to the Present (2007). Her book, What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present was published by Virago in 2011. In 2014, she was the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (OUP) and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play are Invading our Lives (Virago). Her books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, and Greek. An Intimate History of Killing won the Wolfson Prize and the Fraenkel Prize. She is a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows, and a regular correspondent for newspapers.

Website: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/our-staff/full-time-academic-staff/joanna/professor-joanna-bourke

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London

Past Appointments

  • Professor of History, Birkbeck College University of London, 1970

Publications

War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict

Edited by Joanna Bourke, 2017 Reaktion Books

Edited volume

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Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Are Invading Our Lives

2014 Virago and Counterpoint

250pp

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The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers

2014 Oxford University Press

It has been translated into Turkish (Koe University Press).

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What It Means To Be Human, Historical Reflections 1791 to the Present

2011 Virago and Counterpoint
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Rape: A History from 1860s to the Present

2007 Virago and Shoemaker and Hoard

It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Chinese, and Greek.

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Fear: A Cultural History

2005 Virago and Shoemaker and Hoard

It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Greek. It was on the final shortlist for the Mind Book of the Year.

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The Second World War: A People’s History

2001 Oxford University Press

It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Catalan.

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The Penguin Atlas of British and Irish History. From Earliest Times to the Present Day

Edited by Barry Cunliffe, Robert Bartlett, John Morrill, Asa Briggs, and Joanna Bourke, 2001 Penguin
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The Misfit Soldier

Edward Casey [pseud. John William Roworth], introduction by Joanna Bourke, 1999 Cork University Press
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An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare

1999 Granta and Basic

It has been translated into Chinese, Czech, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Greek, and Turkish. It won the 2000 Wolfson History Prize as well as the 1998 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. It was in the final shortlist for the W. H. Smith Literary Prize in 2000.

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Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War

1996 Reaktion Press, and University of Chicago Press
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Working-Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960: Gender, Class and Ethnicity

1994 Routledge
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Husbandry to Housewifery: Women, Economic Change and Housework in Ireland, 1890-1914

1993 Clarendon Press

It won the Ronald Tress Prize.

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