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Representations of Joan of Arc have been used in the United States for the past two hundred years, appearing in advertising, cartoons, popular song, art, criticism, and propaganda. The presence of the fifteenth-century French heroine in the cinema is particularly intriguing in relation to the role of women during wartime. Robin Blaetz argues that a mythic Joan of Arc was used during the First World War to cast a medieval glow over an unpopular war, but that she only appeared after the Second World War to encourage women to abandon their wartime jobs and return to the home.

In Visions of the Maid, Blaetz examines three pivotal films—Cecil B. DeMille's 1916 Joan the Woman, Victor Fleming's 1948 Joan of Arc, and Otto Preminger's 1957 Saint Joan—as well as addressing a broad array of popular culture references and every other film about the heroine made or distributed in the United States. Blaetz is particularly concerned with issues of gender and the ways in which Joan of Arc's androgyny, virginity, and sacrificial victimhood were evoked in relation to the evolving roles of women during war throughout the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. Joan of Arc in America, 1911–1920
  2. pp. 13-46
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  1. 2. “Joan of Arc Saved France, Women of America Save Your Country”: Cecil B. DeMille’s Joan the Woman, 1916
  2. pp. 47-64
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  1. 3. The Demise of Joan of Arc
  2. pp. 65-80
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  1. 4. Joan of Arc between the Wars
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. 5. The War Years: Between Us Girls, Joan of Paris, and Joan of Ozark
  2. pp. 95-117
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  1. 6. The Return of the Maid: The Miracle of the Bells and Joan of Arc
  2. pp. 118-139
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  1. 7. Looking for Joan of Arc: Hedy Lamarr in The Story of Mankind and Jean Seberg in Saint Joan
  2. pp. 140-168
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  1. 8. Conclusions
  2. pp. 169-182
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  1. Appendix: Visions of the Maid, 1429–1895
  2. pp. 183-205
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-229
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-248
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 249-261
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  1. Index of Films
  2. pp. 263-265
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  1. Index of Subjects and Names
  2. pp. 266-279
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813921952
Related ISBN
9780813920757
MARC Record
OCLC
812925038
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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