Writing silence: grieving mothers and the literature of war

Murphy, Ffion, and Nile, Richard (2017) Writing silence: grieving mothers and the literature of war. In: Das, Devaleena, and Dasgupta, Sanjukta, (eds.) Claiming Spaces: Australian Women's Writing. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 37-59.

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[Extract] An order to be silent was issued by Australian authorities under the provisions of the 1914/1915 War Precautions Act to prevent Adela Pankhurst, Cecilia John and like-minded women from singing in public "I didn't raise any boy to be a soldier" .1 Originally released in the United States, the song was performed by peace activists throughout much of the English-speaking world. It reappeared in the 1960s and 1970s in the repertoire of the anti-Vietnam-war and moratorium movements, and seems to have found expression in John Lennon's "I don't want to be a soldier mama" from the Imagine album. During the Great War, "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier" became the anthem of several women's organisations and the signature tune of Australia's Women's Peace Army-until performances were banned because they were con¬sidered "prejudicial to recruiting":2

Item ID: 46038
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-319-50399-8
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 23:42
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 75%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 25%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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