Heroism and Gender in War Films

  • Editors
  • Karen A. Ritzenhoff
  • Jakub Kazecki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Jakub Kazecki
      Pages 1-6
  3. Historical Leaders and Celebrities: Their Role in Mythmaking in the Cinema

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Clémentine Tholas-Disset
      Pages 9-21
    3. Janis L. Goldie
      Pages 23-34
  4. Hollywood’s War Myths in the 1940s and 1950s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Rochelle Sara Miller
      Pages 51-65
    3. Lesley C. Pleasant
      Pages 67-83
  5. Ideologies, Nationality, and War Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Brian E. Crim
      Pages 87-98
    3. Claudia Aburto Guzmán
      Pages 99-113
    4. Hye Seung Chung
      Pages 115-130
  6. Men, Women, and Trauma: Heroes and Anti-Heroes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Jessica R. Wells
      Pages 173-186
    3. Jinhua Li
      Pages 187-205
  7. Historical Reality, Authenticity of Experience, and Cinematic Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Tiel Lundy
      Pages 209-223
    3. Charles-Antoine Courcoux
      Pages 225-243
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 245-271

About this book


Filmic constructions of war heroism have a profound impact on public perceptions of conflicts. Here, contributors examine the ways motifs of gender and heroism in war films are used to justify ideological positions, shape the understanding of the military conflicts, support political agendas and institutions, and influence collective memory.


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