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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

Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Are Invading Our Lives 2015

The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers 2014

Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War

An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare 1999

Fear: A Cultural History 2005

Rape: A History from 1860s to the Present 2007

What It Means To Be Human, Historical Reflections 1791 to the Present 2011

The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers 2014

Other Modern History from 1850 Fellows

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