Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation

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Notes

I would like to thank Helen Cooper, Adrienne Munich, and Susan Squier for their many helpful critical responses to earlier versions of this paper; Frances Ferguson, whose essay "The Nuclear Sublime," provided its inspiration; and Gillian Brown, for her friendship.

1.
This essay, a meditation on the politics (and "ends") of humanism, particularly in relation to Heidegger's concept of Dasein ("human reality"), has no ostensible relation to the topic of nuclear war. Nonetheless its emphasis on "the human" makes it an interesting precursor to Derrida's "No Apocalypse, Not Now," cited below.
2.
Derrida, "No Apocalypse, Not Now,"22.
3.
Osmanczyk, "UNESCO Constitution,"827.
4.
Cixous, "Sorties,"63-64.
5.
Jardine, "Death Sentences,"120.
6.
Scarry, The Body in Pain, 87-88.
7.
Caldicott, Missile Envy, 316. All subsequent references are to this edition and are given parenthetically within the text.
8.
Koen and Swaim, Aint No Where We Can Run, 1.
9.
Nottingham WONT, "Working as a Group,"23.
10.
Virilio and Lotringer, Pure War, 110.
11.
Klein, "Diacritics Colloquium on Nuclear Criticism,"2.
12.
The phrase is Ronell's. See Dictations: On Haunted Writing, xv.
13.
I am responding in part to Derrida's suggestion that the epoch of the book and that of theology and divinity are intimately bound up with one another. In Of Grammatology, for example, he argues that "the sign and divinity have the same place and time of birth. The age of the sign is essentially theological. Perhaps it will never end. Its historical closure is, however, outlined." See Derrida, Of Grammatology, 14. The interested reader might also see Derrida's persuasive remarks on the relationship between fiction, rhetoric, and nuclear weaponry in "No Apocalypse, Not Now," cited earlier.
14.
For Derrida's reading of the "apocalyptic tone" put forward by the Book of Revelation, especially as pertaining to the metaphysics of postal systems, see "Of an Apocalyptic Tone,"3-37.
15.
David Dowling's Fictions of Nuclear Disaster, a comprehensive study of fictional treatments of the bomb, also remarks upon the similarities between the Book of Revelation and a nuclear explosion. His discussion, however, focuses only on their shared thematics, emphasizing common patterns of imagery: Dowling does not investigate the possibility of a structural affinity. Perhaps for this reason he does not notice that a book serves the function of a bomb in the Book of Revelation, and he takes it for granted that fiction acts as a deterrent to the bomb's use: "Fictions of nuclear disaster . . . call on the power of the word to de-fuse the power of the

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Notes xix
  • War and Memory 1
  • Arms and the Woman: The Con[tra]ception of the War Text 9
  • Notes 23
  • Works Cited 23
  • "Still Wars and Lechery": Shakespeare and the Last Trojan Woman 25
  • Notes 39
  • Works Cited 40
  • Rewriting History: Madame de Villedieu and the Wars of Religion 43
  • Notes 55
  • Works Cited 57
  • Southern Women's Diaries of Sherman's March to the Sea, 1864-1865 59
  • Notes 75
  • Works Cited 77
  • Civil Wars and Sexual Territories 80
  • Notes 95
  • Works Cited 96
  • The Women and Men of 1914 97
  • Notes 118
  • Corpus/Corps/Corpse: Writing the Body in/at War 124
  • Notes 159
  • Works Cited 164
  • May Sinclair's The Tree of Heaven: The Vortex of Feminism, the Community of War 168
  • Notes 179
  • Works Cited 182
  • Combat Envy and Survivor Guilt: Willa Cather's "Manly Battle Yarn" 184
  • Notes 201
  • Works Cited 203
  • "Seeds for the Sowing": The Diary of Käthe Kollwitz 205
  • Notes 221
  • Works Cited 223
  • A Needle with Mama's Voice: Mitsuye Yamada's Camp Notes and the American Canon of War Poetry 225
  • Notes 241
  • Feminism, the Great War, and Modern Vegetarianism 244
  • Images of Love and War in Contemporary Israeli Fiction: A Feminist Re-vision 268
  • Notes 277
  • Works Cited 280
  • Nuclear Domesticity: Sequence and Survival 283
  • Notes 299
  • "Epitaphs and Epigraphs: 'The End(s) of Man'" 303
  • Notes 319
  • Works Cited 321
  • A Bibliography of Secondary Sources 323
  • The Contributors 331
  • Index 335
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