Joanna Bourke

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Joanna Bourke, FBA (born 1963 in New Zealand) is an historian and academic. She is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London.


Born to Christian missionary parents, Bourke was brought up in Zambia, Solomon Islands and Haiti.[1] After home education with her siblings she attended Auckland University, gaining a BA and masters in history. She undertook her PhD at the Australian National University and subsequently held academic posts in Australia, New Zealand, and Cambridge.[2] Joanna Bourke, who describes herself as a "socialist feminist",[3] has written on Irish history, gender history, working-class culture, war and masculinity, the cultural history of fear and the history of rape. In 2011, she published a book entitled "What It Means To Be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present" (Virago, 2011). She lives in London. In 2014 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. [4]


  • Husbandry and Housewifery: Women, Economic Change and Housework in Ireland, 1890-1914 Clarendon Press, 1993.
  • Working-Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960: Gender, Class and Ethnicity. Routledge, 1994
  • Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain and the Great War. Reaktion Press and University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare, 1999, Granta (Won the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for 1998 and the Wolfson Prize for Historical Writing in 2000)
  • Fear: A Cultural History, 2006, ISBN 978-1-59376-113-4
  • Rape: Sex, Violence, History, 2007, Shoemaker & Hoard. ISBN 978-1-59376-114-1
  • The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers, 2014


  1. ^ Bristol Festival of Ideas 2005 programme (.pdf file)
  2. ^ Granta biography page on Joanna Bourke
  3. ^ Eithne Farry "'Why aren't we more outraged?'", The Guardian, 5 October 2007. Retrieved on 7 October 2007.
  4. ^ "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 


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