Borderlines: Genders and Identities in War and Peace, 1870-1930

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Borderlines weaves together the study of gender with that of the evolution of nationalism and colonialism. Its broad, comparative perspective will rechart the war experiences and identities of women and men during this period of transformation from peace to war, and again to peace.

Drawing on a wide range of materials, from government policy and propaganda to subversive trench journalism and performance, from fiction, drama and film to the record of activists in various movements and in various countries, Borderlines weaves together the study of gender with that of the evolution of nationalism and colonialism. Its broad, comparative perspective will rechart the war experiences and identities of women and men during this period of transformation from peace to war, and again to peace.

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Editorial Reviews

Contributors address the relationship between gender, nationalism, and colonialism in the First World War. Locating the war in the broader context of 1870-1930, they explore how the borders of feminine and masculine identities were formed, contested and reformed in relation to women's and men's lived experience of global modern war, revolution, and the rise of new nationalisms. Drawing from a wide variety of material<-->including the theater and subversive trench journalism<-->the essays demonstrate how shifts in gender relations and identities were tied to the evolving integral and cultural nationalisms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415911139
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Billie Melman is Associate Professor of History at Tel-Aviv University and the author of Women's Orient's and Women and the Popular Imagination in the Twenties.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Gendering the Nation: Definitions and Boundaries 27
The British Imperial State and the Construction of National Identities 29
From Empire to Nation: Images of Women and War in Ottoman Political Cartoons, 1908-1923 47
Men and Soldiers: British Conscripts, Concepts of Masculinity, and the Great War 73
Family, Masculinity, and Heroism in Russian War Posters of the First World War 95
Re-Generation: Nation and the Construction of Gender in Peace and War - Palestine Jews, 1900-1918 121
Taking Risks for Pictures: The Heroics of Cinematic Realism in World War I 141
Pt. II Borderlands: Identities and Sexualities 161
Fin-de-Siecle Theatrics: Male Impersonation and Lesbian Desire 163
Lesbians before Lesbianism: Sexual Identity in Early Twentieth-Century British Fiction 193
Spectacles and Sexualities: The "Mise-en-Scene" of the "Tirailleur Senegalais" on the Western Front, 1914-1920 213
"Objects to Possess and Discard": The Representation of Jews and Women by British Women Novelists of the 1920s 245
Pt. III Dissent and Acquiescence: War, Feminism, and Female Action 263
Challenging Traditions: Denominational Feminism in Britain, 1910-1920 265
Religion, Emancipation, and Politics in the Confessional Women's Movement in Germany, 1900-1933 285
Ideological Crossroads, Feminism, Pacifism, and Socialism 307
The Politics of Female Notables in Postwar Egypt 329
Pt. IV Moving Boundaries: Work, Gender, and Mobilization 351
Public Functions, Private Premises: Female Professional Identity and the Domestic-Service Paradigm in Britain, c. 1850-1930 353
Emily Goes to War: Explaining the Recruitment to the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in World War I 377
Work, Gender, and Identity in Peace and War: France 1890-1930 397
Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in Post-Ottoman Thessaloniki: The Great Tobacco Strike of 1914 421
Contributors 439
Index 443
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