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Living with the Aftermath

Living with the Aftermath
Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-War Australia

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  • Date Published: June 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521802185

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  • This very moving book, based on oral testimonies, focuses on the shifting patterns of mourning and grief in the experiences of Australian women who lost their husbands during the Second World War and the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

    • Sequel to The Labour of Loss, dealing with the aftermath of war in Australia from the 1950s to the present day
    • Charts advances towards a new way of understanding death and loss
    • Discusses the ways emotions are dealt with, and how they have been affected by death over a lifetime
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    "A valuable addition to the literature on Australian war, society and culture, like many good books, Living With the Aftermath raises as many questions as it answers." Pacific Affairs

    "Damousi has opened up a rewarding field of inquiry." International History Review

    "Damousi's book certainly succeeds in its aim 'to correct the absence of war widows from Australian history' (p. 8), and it does far more. This is a most enjoyable book that should appeal to general readers as well as specialists." American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521802185
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Remembering war widows
    2. The wars
    3. Remembering death in war: loss, nostalgia and regret
    4. The question of silence
    5. Marriage wars:
    1945–65
    6. Forgotten wars
    7. Memories of death, solitude and renewal
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Joy Damousi, University of Melbourne

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