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Wednesday, February 02, 2022

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Research Seminar
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Tomos Hughes and Harry Warwick (University of Warwick)

Title: TBC

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Now and Then Seminar: Dear John: Love and Loyalty in Wartime America
Ever since World War II, when US soldiers first coined the phrase 'Dear John' as slang for a breakup note sent by a woman to a man in uniform, these notorious missives have loomed large in American war-lore and popular culture. Drawing on research for her newly published book, Dear John: Love and Loyalty in Wartime America (Cambridge University Press, 2022), Susan Carruthers explores why these letters have been so ubiquitous in the stories Americans tell about men, women, and war, and also what's obscured by these dominant narratives.
NB: This talk will cover topics that are disturbing, including the often-repeated correlation between Dear John letters and lethal self-harm among military personnel and veterans.
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Translation and Transcultural Studies Research Seminar with Dr David Orrego-Carmona (Aston University)

Please find abstract and bio-blurb here. The event takes place on MS Teams. We would kindly ask you to register in advance by completing this short form by end of Tuesday 1st February - you will be provided with the relevant link Teams invite on the day of the talk.