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Living with the Aftermath

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


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

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  • This very moving book on the shifting patterns of mourning and grief focuses on the experiences of Australian women who lost their husbands during the Second World War and the wars in Korea and Vietnam. The book makes use of extensive oral testimonies to illustrate how widows internalised and absorbed the traumas of their husband's war experience. Joy Damousi is able to demonstrate that a significant shift in attitudes towards grieving and loss came about between the mid century and the later part of the twentieth century. In charting the memory of grief and its expression, she discerns a move away from the denial and silence which shaped attitudes in the 1950s towards a much fuller expression of grief and mourning and perhaps a new way of understanding death and loss at the beginning of the new century.

    • 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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    • Date Published: June 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521802185
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Author

    Joy Damousi, University of Melbourne

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