Emily James

Emily James is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Women at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches twentieth-century literature and visual culture; and writes about modernism, composition, and creative process. Her work can be found in Twentieth-Century LiteratureJournal of Modern LiteratureModernist CulturesLiterature and Medicine, and The Space Between

Contributions

Camoufleuse: The Dazzling of Women at War

Modernism and camouflage would seem to be unlikely allies. One advances and the other retreats. One rebels and resists; the other lurks undercover. But during World War I, a group of renegade camoufleurs forged an uneasy truce between modernism’s flash and camouflage’s muted secrets. Their sources were extraordinary and eclectic. Drawing inspiration from animal behavior, avant-garde design, and women’s fashion, the camoufleur—and, as I argue, the camoufleuse—worked to reimagine visibility and warfare in modern terms.