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Collateral Damage

Women Write about War
Edited by Bárbara Mujica

BUY Cloth · 282 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813945729 · $85.00 · Mar 2021
BUY Paper · 282 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813945736 · $39.50 · Mar 2021
BUY Ebook · 282 pp. · ISBN 9780813945743 · $29.50 · Mar 2021

From Homer to Tim O’Brien, war literature remains largely the domain of male writers, and traditional narratives imply that the burdens of war are carried by men. But women and children disproportionately suffer the consequences of conflict: famine, disease, sexual abuse, and emotional trauma caused by loss of loved ones, property, and means of subsistence.

Collateral Damage tells the stories of those who struggle on the margins of armed conflict or who attempt to rebuild their lives after a war. Bringing together the writings of female authors from across the world, this collection animates the wartime experiences of women as military mothers, combatants, supporters, war resisters, and victims. Their stories stretch from Rwanda to El Salvador, Romania to Sri Lanka, Chile to Iraq. Spanning fiction, poetry, drama, essay, memoir, and reportage, the selections are contextualized by brief author commentaries.

The first collection to embrace so wide a range of contemporary authors from such diverse backgrounds, Collateral Damage seeks to validate and shine a light on the experiences of women by revealing the consequences of war endured by millions whose voices are rarely heard.


A powerful and beautiful book sharing thoughtful considerations of war from gifted authors across the globe.

Kate Hendricks Thomas, George Mason University, coeditor of Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Service Women Become Civilians Again

About the Author(s): 

Bárbara Mujica, Professor Emerita of Spanish at Georgetown University, is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and critic. She is editor of A New Anthology of Early Modern Spanish Theater: Play and Playtext and author of the novels Frida and I Am Venus, and the short story collection Imagining Iraq, among many other works.

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