Dr Trudi Tate

Clare Hall, University  of Cambridge


Hardback published autumn 2013. 

Paperback to be published autumn 2015.

Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy, eds., The Silent Morning: Culture and Memory after the Armistice (Manchester University Press, 2013). ISBN 978 0 7190 9002 8.

                                            Käthe Kollwitz, Die trauernden Eltern 

This is collection of newly commissioned essays about cultural responses to the Armistice which ended the First World War. Looking at British, German and Austrian sources, the book explores the ways in which the silence of 11 am on 11 November 1918 was echoed (or not) in the creative works of the peace. There are essays on music, art and literature as well as discussions of soldiers' letters and diaries, war cemeteries and war memorials.

MUP website here


Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy, Introduction

John Pegum on Ford Madox Ford

Klaus Hofmann on Alfred Döblin

George Simmers on British popular fiction

Alison Hennegan on British women writers

Trudi Tate on King Baby

Andrew Frayn on C. E. Montague

Jane Potter on the TLS and Bookman

Max Haberich on Arthur Schnitzler

Peter Tregear on Ernst Krenek

Kate Kennedy on Arthur Bliss

Claudia Siebrecht on German women's art

Michael Walsh on British art and the Armistice

Alexander Watson on British and German soldiers at the Armistice

Adrian Barlow on British and German war cemeteries




Published September 2013

Trudi Tate, Modernism, History and the First World War. New edition (Penrith, Humanities eBooks, 2013). Also available as a paperback from Lulu and as a kindle on Amazon.

'Since its first publication in 1998, Trudi Tate’s pioneering study of World War I literature has had a reverberating impact on its field, setting the terms of debate for years to come. Combining psychoanalytic insight with meticulous historical research, Tate examines how the war broke down traditional conceptions of gender and the body, as well as the distinction between high-brow modernism and low-brow popular forms. A touchstone for all subsequent studies of this period, Tate’s book remains as bold, incisive, and provocative today as when it first appeared. Every reader with an interest in the literature and culture of World War I will welcome the reissue of this critical classic.'

             Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago, author of The Nets of Modernism.

Trudi Tate's superb Modernism, History and the First World War opened up literary studies of the conflict to a range of issues and approaches that have since become crucial to the field: the idea of civilian testimony, bodily differences and fantasies, the material culture of warfare or the examination of combatant and non-combatant writing together ... A classic in the field with its exhilarating blend of history, theory and close investigative readings of modernist war texts.'

            Santanu Das, King's College London, author of Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature.

'Modernism, History and the First World War is an insightful, engaging analysis of the ways in which literary modernism, although not a product of the war, was nevertheless shaped by it. ... It is essential reading for anyone interested in modernist fiction and war writing.'

        Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes University, author of Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print.


Forthcoming from I. B. Tauris:

Trudi Tate, A Short History of the Crimean War

This will be published in I. B. Tauris' new Short Histories series. Further information here.

A Short History of the Crimean War

Trudi Tate


The Crimean War (1853-1856) was the first modern war. A vicious struggle between imperial Russia and an alliance of the British, French and Ottoman Empires, it was the first conflict to be reported first-hand in newspapers, painted by official war artists, recorded by telegraph and photographed by camera. In her new short history Trudi Tate discusses the ways in which this novel representation itself became part of the modern 'war machine'. She tells forgotten stories about the war experience of individual soldiers and civilians, including journalists, nurses, doctors, war tourists and other witnesses. 

At the same time, the war was a retrograde one, fought with the mentality, and some of the equipment, of Napoleonic times. Tate argues that the Crimean War was both modern and old-fashioned, looking backwards and forwards, and generating optimism and despair among those who lived through it. She explores this paradox while giving full coverage to the bloody battles (Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman), the siege of Sebastopol, the much-derided strategies of the commanders, conditions in the field and the political impact of the anti-Russian alliance.

In its skilful interweaving of military, medical and social history, the book offers a fresh and intriguing look at one of the most fascinating conflicts of modern times.


Published February 2013

Trudi Tate, The Listening Watch: Memories of Viet Nam (2013). This book is both oral history and memoir, based upon a series of interviews with Len Hall, an Australian who served in the war in Viet Nam

Published as a kindle on Amazon. Available here.

Further information here.


Published Spring 2011:

Kate Kennedy and Trudi Tate, eds., Literature and Music of the First World War, special issue of the journal First World War Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (

First World War Studies

Contents include:

Kate Kennedy and Trudi Tate, Introduction

Karen Arrandale on Edward Dent

Rachel Cowgill on Music for Armistice Day

Lewis Foreman on Ruhleben Prisoner of War Camp

Rebecca Gordon on Christopher Isherwood

Alison Hennegan on Arthur Bliss and Benjamin Britten

Kate Kennedy on Ivor Gurney, Ludlow and Teme

Angela Smith on Katherine Mansfield

Emma Sutton on Virginia Woolf and Music


Published February 2011:

British Literature of World War I

General Editors: Andrew Maunder and Angela K Smith
Volume Editors: 
Andrew Maunder, Angela K Smith, Jane Potter and Trudi Tate

5 Volume Set: c.2,000 pp.
978 1 84893 042 1. £450.00/$795.00
A newly edited collection of short stories, novels and plays from the period 1914 to 1919.
Vol. 2:
Ruby M. Ayres, Richard Chatterton, V.C. (1915), ed. and introduced by Trudi Tate

Further information from Pickering and Chatto website.



Kate Kennedy and Trudi Tate, eds., Ivor Gurney: Poet, Composer. 

Special issue of the Ivor Gurney Society Journal, 2007. 

ISBN 978 0 7044 2687 0.

Further information here.

Ivor Gurney: Poet, Composer


Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy        Editorial

R. K. R. Thornton                 'What Did They Expect?'

Sally Minogue           'That Awkward Squad': Ivor Gurney and John Clare in the Line of English Poetry

Charles Mueller        Ivor Gurney and the Poetics of War

Philip Lancaster        Gurney's Duality

April Frederick        The Craft of Beauty: An Interdisciplinary Model of Criticism for the Songs

Peter Palmer         What Makes a Song-Cycle a Cycle?

Stephen Banfield       Gurney the Musician

Ian Venables        The 'Unpublished Songs' of Ivor Gurney

Kate Kennedy        'Asylum-made Lunatics': Life in Dartford

James Allum        'Brightly Coloured and exceptionally Cheap': The Asylum in the Early 20thC

Pamela Blevins    Ivor Gurney's Illness

Mark Facknitz    'Gone out is part of sanity': Reading from Ivor Gurney's Shell Shock




Helen Small and Trudi Tate, eds., Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis 1830-1970: Essays in Honour of Gillian Beer (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Available at OUP and Amazon, with limited preview available.

Selected reviews:

  • in Nineteenth Century Literature, 59(4), March 2005, 560–564.
  • Nicholas Dames, in Victorian Studies, 46(4), Summer 2004, 698-700. Read here.
  • Tamara Ketabgian, in Australasian Victorian Studies Journal, 9 (2004), 213-16. Read here.
  • Charlotte Sleigh, in British Journal for the History of Science, 38, 2 (June 2005), 237-8.
  • Year's Work in English Studies, 54 (2003), 665-6.
  • Linda K. Hughes on Tennyson in Victorian Poetry (2004). Read extract here.


Trudi Tate, Modernism, History and the First World War (Manchester University Press, 1998).

See the contents page.

Note: this book has been republished by Humanities e-Books.

Preview book here.
Selected reviews:
    • Damon Franke, in SubStance, 29, 1 (2000), 166-70. 
    • Journal of Modern Literature, short review, 1999. Read here
    • G. J. De Groot, in English Historical Review, 114 (November 1999), 1360-1.
    • Andrew Kunka, in Modern Fiction Studies, 45, 2 (Summer 1999), 516-20. Read here
    • Kristine Miller, in CLIO (June 1999).
    • Year's Work in English Studies, 79 (1998), 615.
    • Lisa Colletta, in English Literature in Transition, 42, 2 (1999). Read here

Suzanne Raitt and Trudi Tate, eds., Women’s Fiction and The Great War  (Oxford University Press, 1997).  

Available at Blackwells and at Amazon, with limited preview available.

Selected reviews:

    • in War In History, 8 (2001) 240-1.
    • Margaret Higonnet, ‘Khaki and Kisses’, Women’s Review of Books, 15, 10-11 (1998), 39-40.
    •  Karen Levenback, in Woolf Studies Annual, 5 (1999), 148-52.



Trudi Tate, ed., Women, Men and the Great War: An Anthology of Stories (Manchester University Press, 1995). 


Available at Blackwells, with limited preview available.




Bronte Adams and Trudi Tate, eds., That Kind of Woman: Stories from the Left Bank and Beyond (Virago, 1991).

A collection of stories by modernist women writers, including Woolf, Stein, Mansfield, Edith Wharton, HD, Vernon Lee, Colette, Jean Rhys, and many others. 



Dorothy Richardson, Journey to Paradise: Short Stories and Autobiographical Sketches, ed. Trudi Tate (Virago, 1989).


See the contents page.



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