Women in War Films: From Helpless Heroine to G.I. Jane

Women in War Films: From Helpless Heroine to G.I. Jane

By: Ralph Donald (author), Karen MacDonald (author)Paperback

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This companion volume to Reel Men at War takes a look at how women have been portrayed in war films, from silents of the 1920s to films of the twenty-first century. The authors explore the full range of women on the home front, covering nurses and doctors on the war front and women in combat. Films examined include Wings, A Farewell to Arms, Since You Went Away, So Proudly We Hail, Mrs. Miniver, A Guy Named Joe, The Best Years of Our Lives, From Here to Eternity, M*A*S*H, Coming Home, Aliens, G. I. Jane, Courage under Fire, Starship Troopers, Inglorious Basterds, and Zero Dark Thirty. This volume also includes an extensive filmography with brief assessments of how women are portrayed in each of these films.

About Author

Ralph Donald is professor of mass communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has taught broadcasting, journalism, and film for more than 35 years. Karen MacDonald is a clinical psychologist whose work includes counseling returning veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Donald and MacDonald are the authors of Reel Men at War: Masculinity and the American War Film (Scarecrow Press, 2011).


Chapter 1: An Introduction Chapter 2: Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Girlfriends: The Madonnas Chapter 3: Women as Chattel Chapter 4: Women as Prostitutes, "Loose Women," Camp Followers and the Unfaithful Chapter 5: The Hawksian Woman Chapter 6: G.I. Jane and Female Resistance Fighters Chapter 7: The Female Spy, or "Mata Hari" Chapter 8: Female Nurses and Doctors Chapter 9: A Few Concluding Thoughts Annotated Filmography Bibliography Index About the Authors

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781442275638
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781442275638
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 1442275634

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