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Reconstructing Women's Wartime Lives - Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War (Hardcover)
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Reconstructing Women's Wartime Lives - Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War (Hardcover)

Penny Summerfield

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Reconstructing Women's Wartime Lives is about the effects of the Second World War on women's sense of themselves. Using oral history it explores the inter-action between cultural representations of men and women in the Second World War, and women's own narrative of their wartime lives. It is the first book to bring together an analysiS of the connections between popular discourse and personal memory. At the heart of the book is the tension in popular culture between two wartime feminine identities: that of the woman who contributed heroically to the war effort in a man's job, and that of the woman far from combat, who stoically endured the pressures and privations of war. The personal accounts, collected through interviews for this book, reveal the often unexpected ways in which women reconstructed their wartime lives. The book breaks new ground in two important respects. It reworks feminist theory and the theory of popular memory to illuminate the processes of oral history, through its exploration of the production and performance of memory. And its original interpretation of a wealth of personal testimony, introduces new and more subtle understandings of the ways in which the Second World War affected gender identities and gender relations.

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Imprint: Manchester University Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: August 1998
Authors: Penny Summerfield
Dimensions: 216 x 138mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 978-0-7190-4460-1
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > From 1900
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
LSN: 0-7190-4460-X
Barcode: 9780719044601

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