Gender, nationalism, and war : conflict on the movie screen by Matthew Evangelista

By Matthew Evangelista

Virginia Woolf famously wrote 'as a lady i've got no country', suggesting that girls had little stake in protecting international locations the place they're thought of second-class electorate, and will in its place be forces for peace. but ladies were perpetrators in addition to sufferers of violence in nationalist conflicts. This special e-book generates insights into the position of gender in nationalist violence by way of interpreting function movies from more than a few clash zones. within the conflict of Algiers, woman bombers spoil civilians whereas males costume in women's outfits to avoid the French military from taking pictures and torturing them. Prisoner of the Mountains exhibits a Chechen lady falling in love together with her Russian captive as his mom attempts to rescue him. offering old and political context to those and different movies, Evangelista identifies the major function that financial decline performs in threatening masculine id and galvanizing the misogynist violence that frequently accompanies nationalist wars.

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Evans and Phillips, Algeria, suggest even lower official figures, between 1,020 and 1,300, p. 52. 33 Evans and Phillips, Algeria, pp. , p. 57. 35 Paul Aussaresses, Services spéciaux Algérie 1955–1957 (Paris:€Perrin, 2001), pp. 34–35. 36 In both Algeria and Chechnya, the policies of the central governments alienated potential supporters of compromise solutions, such as Ferhat Abbas, and drove them into the arms of the rebels. In both cases a further source of violence was internecine fighting between the indigenous forces.

If the prospect of losing his job in 1980s Los Angeles can put a man in such a state of anxiety about his masculinity, one can appreciate the effect it has in more traditional societies, where marriage is explicitly contingent on a man’s securing adequate employment. Unemployed young men become fodder for nationalist violence and ethnic scapegoating. Masculinity, femininity, and violence in the American Western Before proceeding with the discussion of gender, violence, and nationalism in the movies, I want to illustrate the value of using cinematic analysis by considering just the first two elements€– gender and violence€– in a genre familiar to most readers:€the American Western.

It/donnestoria/bibliografia/femminismob. htm#fascismo. Beyond Europe and World War II there are rich examples from Asia, particularly the Chinese revolutionary movement. , Ono Kazuko, Chinese Women in a Century of Revolution, 1850–1950 (Stanford University Press, 1989); Christina Kelley Gilmartin, Engendering the Chinese Revolution:€ Radical Women, Communist Politics, and Mass Movements in the 1920s (Berkeley, CA:€University of California Press, 1995). I am grateful to Mark Selden for calling these works to my attention.

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