Reconstructing Womens Wart: Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War

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Examines the effects of the Second World War on women's sense of themselves. Using oral history it explores the interaction between cultural representations of men and women in the war, and women's own narratives of their wartime lives.
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Examines the effects of the Second World War on women's sense of themselves. Using oral history it explores the interaction between cultural representations of men and women in the war, and women's own narratives of their wartime lives.
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Addressing women's personal experiences and understandings of WWII, this volume develops an analysis of memories of wartime as gendered products of an interplay between discourse and subjectivity. The volume's seven chapters include war work and feminine identity; wartime masculinities and gender relations; demobilization and discourses on women's work; and WWII and narratives of personal change. Paper edition (unseen), $29.95. Distributed by St. Martin's. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719044618
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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Penny Summerfield is Professor of Women's History at Manchester University

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Preface and acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Gender, memory and the Second World War 1
Ch. 2 Daughters reconstruct their parents: mothers, fathers and wartime mobilisation 43
Ch. 3 'Heroes' and 'stoics': war work and feminine identity 77
Ch. 4 Wartime masculinities and gender relations 115
Ch. 5 Feminine bonding and the maintenance of difference 161
Ch. 6 Demobilisation and discourses of women's work 197
Ch. 7 The Second World War and narratives of personal change 251
App. 1 Announcements of the project in women's magazines 297
App. 2 Brief biographical details of the women interviewed 300
Bibliography 313
Index 326
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