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From Skirts Ahoy! to M*A*S*H, Private Benjamin, G.I. Jane, and JAG, films and television shows have grappled with the notion that military women are contradictory figures, unable to be both effective soldiers and appropriately feminine. In Soldiers’ Stories, Yvonne Tasker traces this perceived paradox across genres including musicals, screwball comedies, and action thrillers. She explains how, during the Second World War, women were portrayed as auxiliaries, temporary necessities of “total war.” Later, nursing, with its connotations of feminine care, offered a solution to the “gender problem.” From the 1940s through the 1970s, musicals, romances, and comedies exploited the humorous potential of the gender role reversal that the military woman was taken to represent. Since the 1970s, female soldiers have appeared most often in thrillers and legal and crime dramas, cast as isolated figures, sometimes victimized and sometimes heroic. Soldiers’ Stories is a comprehensive ...

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, In Memoriam
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. A Provocative Presence: Military Women in Visual Culture
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part One
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. 1. Auxiliary Military Women
  2. pp. 23-70
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  1. 2. Invisible Soldiers: Representing Military Nursing
  2. pp. 71-110
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  1. Part Two
  2. pp. 111-114
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  1. 3. Musical Military Women
  2. pp. 115-138
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  1. 4. Women on Top: Comedy, Hierarchy, and the Military Woman
  2. pp. 139-172
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  1. 5. Military Women and Service Comedy: M*A*S*H and Private Benjamin
  2. pp. 173-200
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  1. Part Three
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. 6. Controversy, Celebration, and Scandal: Military Women in the News Media
  2. pp. 205-234
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  1. 7. Conflict over Combat: Training and Testing Military Women
  2. pp. 235-254
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  1. 8. Scandalous Stories: Military Women as Victims, Avengers, and Investigators
  2. pp. 255-276
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 277-280
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-300
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-308
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-313
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822393351
Related ISBN
9780822348351
MARC Record
OCLC
1103687077
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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