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Women on War: An International Anthology of Women's Writings from Antiquity to the Present


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From Margaret Atwood to Daisy Zamora, Simone de Beauvoir to Virginia Woolf, many of the world’s greatest women writers have reflected upon one of humanity’s most tragic and powerful experiences: war. Yet most of these writings are little known, just as women’s perceptions of war remain largely absent from the history books.

Women on War gathers together writings by more than 150 women, including renowned poets, novelists, essayists, journalists, and activists, as well as ordinary women with first-hand experience of armed conflict as survivors, refugees, rape victims, nurses, and soldiers. Spanning the globe and traversing more than two centuries, the pieces in this compelling collection range from an ancient verse by Sappho to testimony by Afghan women and poems about the impact of September 11, 2001. In voices that are gripping, mournful, defiant, and often surprisingly hopeful, these writers join to produce a portrait of wartime experience that has too seldom been seen, and a plea for peace that has too seldom been heard.

The first edition of Women on War, published in 1988, was hailed as a landmark book and won wide critical acclaim. The New York Times called the anthology "an eloquent response to global violence [which] sweeps with authority through time and across national boundaries. . . . This is one book one hopes will be translated into all of humankind’s languages." This long-awaited new edition, which contains nearly 40 percent new material and includes responses to the conflicts of our own times, is sure to earn a place as a landmark work for the 21st century.

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This anthology contains the writings of more than 150 women on the subject of war. Spanning time periods from antiquity to the present day, and hailing from all regions of the world, the authors include well-known poets, novelists, journalists, and activists, as well as ordinary women who have witnessed conflict first-hand. The second edition contains nearly 40 percent new material, including responses to recent conflicts. Editor Gioseffi is an independent scholar, writer, and lifelong activist. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A timely collection by a brilliant assemblage of writers reveals women's unique perspectives on war.

About the Author

Daniella Gioseffi is a teacher, writer and activist. She is the editor of the anthology On Prejudice: A Global Perspective and author of seveal books of fiction and poetry. She teaches at Pace University and Brooklyn College and live in New York City.

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Gioseffi, Daniella
Feminist Press
Gioseffi, Daniella
Gioseffi, Daniella
New York
United States - 20th Century
Women and war
Women and peace
General Current Events
World History-General
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March 2003
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