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Honouring The Wound: War and Performance in the Lives of Hannah Snell, Deborah Sampson and Pauline Cushman

Georgina K. Lock
Published Online: 2013-02-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10318-012-0012-8


This essay investigates three women’s cross-dressed service in the military. Hannah Snell (1723-92) served as a British marine and fought the French in India. Deborah Sampson Gannet (1760-1827) fought the British in the American Wars of Independence and Pauline Cushman (1833-1893) claimed to have disguised herself for the Union during the American Civil War. These three are, by no means, the only women to claim action and remuneration as male combatants (Jelinek 53-62),1 when the legal extent of women’s engagement was as unpaid camp followers. However, all three gave accounts of their military exploits to the public through biographies and solo performances on stage.

Keywords: women; soldier; heroine; nation; commemoration; performance

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Published Online: 2013-02-08

Published in Print: 2011-12-01

Citation Information: Linguaculture, Volume 2011, Issue 2, Pages 23–38, ISSN (Online) 2067-9696, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10318-012-0012-8.

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