Women In War Films: From Helpless Heroine To G.i. Jane by Ralph DonaldWomen In War Films: From Helpless Heroine To G.i. Jane by Ralph Donald

Women In War Films: From Helpless Heroine To G.i. Jane

byRalph Donald, Karen Macdonald

Paperback | August 4, 2016

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War has been depicted in cinema for more than a century, from early silent films to more recent blockbusters such as Saving Private Ryan and Lone Survivor. Most war films, especially combat films, are about men engaged in battle. But while Hollywood has reinforced the cultural stereotype of war as a man's job, women have not been completely invisible in many of these films, whether waiting for their men to return home or standing shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts on the battlefield. 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. The book covers an array of war films distributed in the United States, including Hearts of the World, Wings, Mata Hari, Mrs. Miniver, Casablanca, Cry "Havoc," Since You Went Away, The Best Years of Our Lives, From Here to Eternity, The Americanization of Emily, M*A*S*H, Coming Home, Courage under Fire, G.I. Jane, and Zero Dark Thirty. Featuring an extensive filmography, Women in War Films will appeal to scholars of gender studies, history, and film, as well as to readers interested in the evolving portrayals of females in military-related cinema.
Ralph Donald is professor of mass communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has taught broadcasting, journalism, and film for more than 35 years. Karen MacDonald is a clinical psychologist whose work includes counseling returning veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Donald and MacDonald a...
Title:Women In War Films: From Helpless Heroine To G.i. JaneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.91 × 5.93 × 0.98 inPublished:August 4, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An IntroductionChapter 2: Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Girlfriends: The MadonnasChapter 3: Women as ChattelChapter 4: Women as Prostitutes, "Loose Women," Camp Followers and the UnfaithfulChapter 5: The Hawksian WomanChapter 6: G.I. Jane and Female Resistance FightersChapter 7: The Female Spy, or "Mata Hari"Chapter 8: Female Nurses and DoctorsChapter 9: A Few Concluding ThoughtsAnnotated FilmographyBibliographyIndexAbout the Authors

Editorial Reviews

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 respects. Covering a wide range of films in chronological order, with a 60-page annotated bibliography at the end of book, Women in War Films is thoughtfully organized from start to finish. Covering many of the basic archetypes of women in the war film--Madonna figures; 'loose women'; the insolent, tough 'Hawksian woman' (in the films of Howard Hawks); 'GI Janes'; spies; nurses; doctors; and other familiar figures in war films-- the book moves smoothly through hundreds of films, offering careful analysis throughout. From Starship Troopers to Back to Bataan and all the stops in between, Women in War Films covers the constantly changing roles of women on the cinematic battlefield with verve and style. A companion piece to the authors' Reel Men at War, this is an encyclopedic, knowledgeable, and accessible book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.