Sunday, May 21, 2006

Women & WWI Recruitment

A propos Virginia Woolf's modernist literary experiment in the representation of the experiences between mothers and sons, Jacob's Room, here is the link to the on-line library of First World War recruitment posters as raised in seminar discussion of Sasson's poem "Glory of Women."

Information on the "White Feather" campaign can be found on-line here at the useful "Spartacus" website.

The 1939 Ralph Richardson film version of A. E. W. Mason's The Four Feathers - also raised in seminar discussion - is detailed here. [IMDb treats the 2002 version.]

6 comments:

pigeon said...

Here is a snippit from a Billy Bragg song that seems to fit with the theme of the White Feather fellows:

"And her husband was one of those blokes
The sort that only laughs at his own jokes
The sort that war takes away
And when there wasnt a war he left her anyway"

pigeon said...

Here is a snippit from a Billy Bragg song that seems to fit with the theme of the White Feather fellows:

"And her husband was one of those blokes
The sort that only laughs at his own jokes
The sort that war takes away
And when there wasnt a war he left her anyway"

Dr. S.A. Ogden said...

Dear "Pigeon":
That's great! I'd like to collect in comments here any pacifist references tracable to WWI in popular songs.

Dr. S.A. Ogden said...

ps: of course Metallica set their rock video for their song "One" to clips from the harrowing film version of "Johnny Got His Gun."

pigeon said...

These bits are from "Shellshock" by New Order:

"That's the way, Shellshock
Hold on! It's never enough
It's never enough until your heart stops beating
The deeper you get, the sweeter the pain
Don't give up the game until your heart stops beating...
...When we walk through open doorways
Counting time in one or more ways
We can't find our peace of mind
And life becomes a life of crime"

This is good too:
http://noviomagus.tripod.com/wethome.htm

Dr. S.A. Ogden said...

Hmm .. I'll have to look harder to keep up!