Lois Bibbings on 'Telling Tales About Men' - BBC R4's 'Thinking Allowed' and Ireland's 4FM McGurk show.
6 January 2010
Lois Bibbings's new book 'Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War' was discussed on Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' on 6th January 2010.
On 7th January Lois appeared on Ireland's 4FM McGurk Show and discussed 'Telling Tales' with Derek Davis.
The book provides an intriguing account of how conscientious objectors to compulsory military service — who opposed the war because of religious, moral and political belief — were viewed and treated in England during WWI .
We all know stories about the Great War but these tend to focus upon soldiers and warfare. What I wanted to do in this book was to explore the ways in which tales could be told about the men who refused to fight.
Exploring the relationship between men, war, culture, patriotism and individual conscience, Lois draws on a range of materials and disciplines to produce this socio-cultural study. Sources include diaries, government papers, legal records, newspapers, magazines and novels, whilst the book is informed by writings from literary and gender studies, criminology, sociology, law and history.