Reconstructing Womens Wartime Lives: Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War Penny Summerfield

ISBN: 9780719044601

Published: October 1st 1998

Hardcover

338 pages


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Reconstructing Womens Wartime Lives: Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War  by  Penny Summerfield

Reconstructing Womens Wartime Lives: Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War by Penny Summerfield
October 1st 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 338 pages | ISBN: 9780719044601 | 9.63 Mb

Reconstructing Womens Wartime Lives is about the effects of the Second World War on womens sense of themselves. Using oral history it explores the inter-action between cultural representations of men and women in the Second World War, and womensMoreReconstructing Womens Wartime Lives is about the effects of the Second World War on womens sense of themselves.

Using oral history it explores the inter-action between cultural representations of men and women in the Second World War, and womens 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 mans 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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