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Arms and the Woman: The Public Intellectual in Zoe Lambert's War Tour

March-Russell, Paul (2018) Arms and the Woman: The Public Intellectual in Zoe Lambert's War Tour. C21 Literature, 6 (2). ISSN 2045-5224. E-ISSN 2045-5224. (doi:10.16995/c21.71) (KAR id:66806)


This article explores Zoe Lambert’s short story collection, The War Tour (2008), in relation to the debates surrounding the public intellectual and the literary response to the War on Terror. It makes a claim for Lambert’s collection to be considered not only as the work of a public intellectual but that it also contests what it means to be an intellectual at a time of historical crisis. In dwelling upon real-life figures such as the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg and the physicist Lise Meitner, Lambert also reflects upon her own position as a supporter of the Stop the War Coalition. The relationship to the public sphere is complicated by Lambert’s gender, and of the women that she writes about; a complication which not only unsettles the definition of a public intellectual but is also articulated through the oblique strategies of the short story collection.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.16995/c21.71
Uncontrolled keywords: Zoe Lambert, public intellectual, Stop the War, Lise Meitner, Rosa Luxemburg
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Paul March-Russell
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2018 22:30 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 08:23 UTC
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