War-torn Tales

Literature, Film and Gender in the Aftermath of World War II

by Danielle Hipkins (Volume editor) Gill Plain (Volume editor)
©2008 Conference proceedings 286 Pages


This book is the outcome of a successful workshop held in Leeds in September 2003 and explores the effects of World War II on the representation of gender in post-war literature, film and popular culture, juxtaposing Western European experience with US, Soviet and Japanese. It aims to outline the different ways in which these representations evolved in post-war attempts both to re-establish social order and reconstruct national identity. It gives the reader an overview of the similarities and differences that have emerged in the representation of war and gender in different cultures and media, as a result of social expectations, political change and individual artistic innovation. The essays are linked by their concern with three key questions: how are emotion and gender represented in relation to the experience of war; what is the impact of war on the dynamic between the genders; and, as the memory of war recedes, is it possible to identify chronological shifts in the artistic response to the conflict?


ISBN (Softcover)
Rezeption Geschlechterrolle (Motiv) Literatur Geschichte 1946-2003 Post-War Social Order Artistic Innovation Chronological Shifts Kongress Weltkrieg (1939-1945)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 286 pp., 6 ill.

Biographical notes

Danielle Hipkins (Volume editor) Gill Plain (Volume editor)

The Editors: Danielle Hipkins is a lecturer in Italian at the University of Exeter. She has published on gender in post-war Italian fiction and cinema. She is working on a study of the representation of prostitution in Italian cinema. Gill Plain is Professor of English at the University of St Andrews. She has published on twentieth-century war writing, crime fiction and gender. Her most recent book examines masculinity and national identity in British cinema.


Title: War-torn Tales