By Susan Kingsley Kent
This publication examines the impression of collective trauma bobbing up out of the nice conflict at the politics of the Twenties in Britain. Aftershocks experiences how meanings of shellshock and imagery offering the traumatized psyche as shattered contributed to Britons understandings in their political selves within the Nineteen Twenties. It connects the strength of feelings to the political tradition of a decade which observed striking violence opposed to these considered as un-English.
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Who prey upon and poison our soldiers . . these harpies carry off the lonely soldiers to their rooms . . and finally inoculate them . . ” Clearly, in the minds of many Britons, sex presented as great a threat to the survival and existence of England as did Germany; the two were, indeed, conflated in the minds of many. com - licensed to University of South Florida - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-30 38 Mrs. ”5 These visions of sexuality in which women had become fully as unrestrained as men threatened traditional gender and sexual arrangements.
Ackerley felt enormous guilt that he had survived the war when his brother, Peter, had not. He found that he could not remember anything about the weeks he shared with his brother in the same battalion; his memory of other events and people was so bad, he allowed, that he could not say with any confidence that he really cared about anyone. ” Others suffered delusions and hallucinations. Vera Brittain became obsessed by the belief that her face was changing, at one time sprouting a beard and at another turning into a witch.
20 Numerous civilians sought treatment for the symptoms of war neuroses and were recognized as suffering from such by medical authorities. The Lancet registered in October 1915 the admission of a woman to Leicester Mental Hospital as a direct result of war news: five of her seven sons at the front had been wounded. ” Symptoms of war shock among civilians were “by no means uncommon,” it conceded. ” Other girls, one “mad with nerves” and another suffering from “conversion hysteria,” sought her help at the clinic.