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Nationalising Femininity : Culture, Sexuality and British Cinema in the Second World War - Christine Gledhill

Nationalising Femininity

Culture, Sexuality and British Cinema in the Second World War

By: Christine Gledhill (Editor)

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Published: 30th November 2011
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The Second World War was unprecedented in the changes it demanded in the contours of British life. Work, the family, social policies, and the media were all transformed, blurring the boundaries between private and public life and challenging class and gender divisions. In particular women were called on to play a range of new roles which threw into question traditional conceptions of femininity and national identity. What was the relation between gender and nation when the waiting woman was displaced by the mobile woman and homes were flattened by bombs? What happened to notions of femininity, sexual difference and class as women moved into the workplace and donned dungarees, military uniforms and utility clothing? Such questions are explored in this groundbreaking collection of new essays which for the first time brings together the work of prominent feminist researchers in film, media studies, and social history. Case studies examine competing definitions of feminism circulating in cinema, women's magazines, social policies, government pamphlets, fashion, and broadcasting. Contents 1. Prologue: mobile femininity PART ONE Mobile women: change and regulation 2. 'The girl that makes the thing . . . ': discourses of women and work in the Second World War 3. 'Bombs don't discriminate!' Women's political activism in the Second World War 4. 'So much money and so little to spend it on': morale, consumption and sexuality 5. Good wives and moral lives: marriage and divorce 1937-51 PART TWO Fashioning the national self: cultural practices and representations 6. 'Pulling our weight in the call-up of women': class and gender in British radio in the Second World War 7. Putting the black women in the frame: Una Marson and the West Indian challenge to British national identity 8. Women's magazines: times of war and management of the self in Woman's Own 9. The Family Firm restored: newsreel coverage of the British monarchy 1936-45 10. Fashioning the feminine: dress, appearance and femininity in wartime Britain PART THREE Nationialising femininity: the case of British cinema 11. Cinema Culture and femininity in the 1930s 12. The years of total war: propaganda and entertainment 13. 'An abundance of understatement': documentary, melodrama and romance 14. Disguises and betrayals: negotiating nationality and femininity in three wartime films 15. The female audience: mobile women and married ladies 16. Stepping out or out of step? Austerity, affluence and femininity in two post-war films 17. Two weddings and two funerals: the problem of the post-war woman

1. Prologue: mobile femininity PART ONE Mobile women: change and regulation 2. 'The girl that makes the thing . . . ': discourses of women and work in the Second World War 3. 'Bombs don't discriminate!' Women's political activism in the Second World War 4. 'So much money and so little to spend it on': morale, consumption and sexuality 5. Good wives and moral lives: marriage and divorce 1937-51 PART TWO Fashioning the national self: cultural practices and representations 6. 'Pulling our weight in the call-up of women': class and gender in British radio in the Second World War 7. Putting the black women in the frame: Una Marson and the West Indian challenge to British national identity 8. Women's magazines: times of war and management of the self in Woman's Own 9. The Family Firm restored: newsreel coverage of the British monarchy 1936-45 10. Fashioning the feminine: dress, appearance and femininity in wartime Britain PART THREE Nationialising femininity: the case of British cinema 11. Cinema Culture and femininity in the 1930s 12. The years of total war: propaganda and entertainment 13. 'An abundance of understatement': documentary, melodrama and romance 14. Disguises and betrayals: negotiating nationality and femininity in three wartime films 15. The female audience: mobile women and married ladies 16. Stepping out or out of step? Austerity, affluence and femininity in two post-war films 17. Two weddings and two funerals: the problem of the post-war woman -- .

ISBN: 9780719083501
ISBN-10: 0719083508
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 30th November 2011
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45