Kate McLoughlin is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow & Tutor in English Literature at Harris Manchester College. She is the author of Martha Gellhorn: The Writer in the Field and in the Text (2007), Authoring War: The Literary Representation of War from the Iliad to Iraq (2011) and Veteran Poetics: British Literature in the Age of Mass Warfare, 1790-2015 (2018), in addition to numerous edited and co-edited volumes. Funded by a Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship, she is currently writing a literary history of silence.
In twenty-first century poetry about the millennial wars in Iraq, the deities and heroes of ancient Mesopotamia are congregating. Dunya Mikhail’s “Inanna” imagines the eponymous Sumerian goddess decrying the sight of “antiquities / scattered / and broken / in the museum.”