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Women in war films : from helpless heroine to G.I. Jane

Author: Ralph Donald; Karen MacDonald
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Women in War Films: From Helpless Heroine to G.I. Jane, Ralph Donald and Karen MacDonald examine the representations of females in war throughout the history of film. They identify various types of women portrayed in these films, from home-front wives and daughters supporting their loved ones from afar to nurses and doctors stationed near the front lines of combat. The authors also look at depictions of foreign  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Donald; Karen MacDonald
ISBN: 9781442234468 1442234466
OCLC Number: 868397798
Awards: Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2014.
Description: v, 337 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Mothers, daughters, sisters and girlfriends: the Madonnas --
Women as chattel --
Women as prostitutes, "loose women", camp followers and the unfaithful --
The Hawksian woman --
G.I. Jane and female resistance fighters --
The female spy, or "Mata Hari" --
Female nurses and doctors --
A few concluding thoughts.
Responsibility: Ralph Donald, Karen MacDonald.

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"In Women in War Films: From Helpless Heroine to G.I. Jane, Ralph Donald and Karen MacDonald examine the representations of females in war throughout the history of film. They identify various types of women portrayed in these films, from home-front wives and daughters supporting their loved ones from afar to nurses and doctors stationed near the front lines of combat. The authors also look at depictions of foreign females who comfort homesick soldiers, ordinary women who unexpectedly encounter the enemy, female spies, and modern enlistees taking on roles traditionally reserved for men. Through these representations, the authors explore what war films say about the culture that created them and the social construction of reality that these films assert."--Publisher's Web site.
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This excellent book covers a really important topic: women in war films. To the best of this reviewer's knowledge, this is the first text to do so in such detail, and it is a complete success in all Read more...

 
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