Article by Santanu Das for the World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings project.
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The Dying Kiss: Gender and Intimacy in the Trenches of World War I
This is a revised extract from the chapter ‘Kiss me, Hardy: the dying kiss in the First World War Trenches’ in Santanu Das, Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2005). An earlier version of the article appeared as ‘Kiss me, Hardy: Gender and Gesture in the First World War Trenches’ in Modernism/Modernity, 9.1 (Jan 2002).