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La Revue des marraines (1916–17): A Journal for War Godmothers and their Godchildren

  • Marysa Demoor (Ghent University)
  • Birgit Van Puymbroeck (Ghent University)
  • Marianne Van Remoortel (Ghent University)


This article is situated at the crossroads of First World War and periodical studies. It sheds light on the phenomenon of ‘war godmothers’ [‘marraines’], women who supported soldiers at the front by sending them parcels and letters. The so-called godmothers made use of the mainstream press to advertise their services, and founded periodicals of their own. In this article, we examine the representation of war godmothers in the periodical press and uncover La Revue des marraines, a handwritten journal created by the Melles Picard in Paris. The analysis addresses the little-known phenomenon of the war godmothers, the relation between godmother and godson, and changing gender roles. It further questions the importance of handwritten journals during the war, when paper and other means were scarce.

Keywords: First World War, war godmother, La Revue des marraines, trench journals, gender

How to Cite:

Demoor, M. & Van Puymbroeck, B. & Van Remoortel, M., (2017) “La Revue des marraines (1916–17): A Journal for War Godmothers and their Godchildren”, Journal of European Periodical Studies 2(1), 21. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/jeps.v2i1.4898

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Published on
26 Jun 2017
Peer Reviewed