Mourning and Combat

‘No One Sings: Lully, Lully’
  • Carol Acton


The gendered division of wartime behaviour excludes women‘s voices from speaking war when it is defined as combat, and at the same time privileges grief and mourning as the province of women on the home front. This gendered division of labour similarly works to exclude male combatant grief from the war story: fighting and weeping cannot exist in the same space. The impossibility of expressing grief in combat represented by David Jones in In Parenthesis and the pain that remains years after the deaths of friends in the Second World War in the words of two American combatants interviewed in the 1990s point to the problematic nature of combatant grief and mourning that results from the immediate conditions of death and these gendered constructions of mourner and mourned.


Gender Division Elephant Grass Great Love Combat Soldier Private Feeling 
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© Carol Acton 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Acton
    • 1
  1. 1.St Jerome’s UniversityCanada

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