Nancy Martin is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Rutgers University. During her time at the RAI, she will be examining archival materials relating to the First World War’s armistice, including diaries, letters, and post-war memoirs. Drawing together the fields of literature, cognitive psychology, and medical humanities, she will consider how individual men and women represented the declaration of peace and its immediate aftermath. In particular, she will consider how the act of writing itself functioned in this particularly changed moment of both personal and historical significance. Just as it did at the war’s outset, the diary, letter, and memoir page offered its writer a space of refuge and control, a space for the reassertion and preservation of identity, and this at the close of a tumultuous four-year period of rapid change, sweeping propagandist claims, unprecedented violence, and mass death.