Joanna Bourke

(Blenheim, New Zealand, 1963), Professor of History at Birkbeck College at the University of London, describes herself as a “socialist feminist” and has covered a wide range of themes in her research: the history of the working class and women’s work; experiences of men and women in times of war; a history of the emotions, especially fear and hatred; and a history of sexual violence. She is presently directing research into bodily pain over the last two centuries. Among her books translated into Spanish and/or Catalan are The Second World War: A People’s History, 2001, Oxford University Press (La Segona Guerra Mundial: una història de les víctimes, 2003 Empúries; 2002, Paidós, 2002); An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Combat in Twentieth-Century Warfare, 2000, Basic Books (Sed de sangre: historia íntima del combate cuerpo a cuerpo en las guerras del siglo XX, 2008, Crítica); and Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present, 2007, Virago Press Limited (Los violadores: historia del estupro de 1860 a nuestros días 2009, Crítica). She has recently published What It Means to Be Human. Reflections from 1791 to the Present (Virago, 2011).

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