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    Zeppelins in Popular Culture

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    Characters and Classes in Computer Games!

    Lovecraft in Call of Cthulhu

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    Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy - An Encyclopedia (forthcoming - Greenwood Press)

    Historicising The Great War (forthcoming link)

    Reappraising Women's Literature of the First World War
    1001 Books...
    Things We Forgot to Remember
    Over the Top
    Inside the Ivory Tower
    Academics Give Lessons on Blogs

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Kitchener Stitch

Of course, because I assume that everything has something to d owith the war these days (or at least, my brain engages WW1 about three sentences into any context), I was unsurprised to learn this:

"Kitchener Stitch is called after Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, British military hero of Boer War and WW 1. He associated himself with a Red Cross plan to dragoon US womanhood into knitting 'comforts' for the men in the trenches, and contributed his own sock design, which included a squarish 'grawfted' toe. Hence the Kitchener Sock; hence Kitchener Stitch."

And here's how to graft in Kitchener Stitch


Hi Esther
I've read your Jessie Pope article with interest. I have recently received my PhD for my thesis on Women Poets of the First World War and found it so refreshing that someone has offerd a more positive, alternative view of poor maligned Pope. Was also amused by your comment that your brain connects everything to WW1. Mine still does, 6 months after my viva!

I did some research on women's knitting poems for my thesis and along with literally hundreds of poems, found out about Kitchener's 'call to needles'. Are the photos are of your own knitting? Very impressive if they are. I never got really got beyond knitting squares for a blanket.

Good luck with the DPhil, sounds facinating. If you're due to submit you must be in the final editing stages now but if you ever manage to lift your head above the parapet, it would be good to compare notes.

Best Wishes

Viv Newman

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