The world wars through the female gaze /

In The World Wars Through the Female Gaze, Jean Gallagher maps one portion of the historicized, gendered territory of what Nancy K. Miller calls the "gaze in representation." Expanding the notion of the gaze in critical discourse, Gallagher situates a number of visual acts within specific...

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Main Author: Gallagher, Jean, 1962-
Corporate Author: Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Format: Book
Published:Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1998.
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Gallagher uses feminist critical theory to offer a subtle and nuanced approach to war literature and figuration. She examines the construction of the female seeing subject, discussing the process whereby women and what they see are represented as sites of political manipulation through the very act of seeing. What one sees, what one does not see, what one is prevented from seeing, and how one goes about seeing--all resolve in this sophisticated and clearly written study into the cultural and gendered struggle that informs the heart of a feminist critical outlook on war literature. The author examines in particular Edith Wharton's "Writing a War Story" and Fighting France; Mildred Aldrich's A Hilltop on the Marne; Martha Gellhorn's A Stricken Field; Lee Miller's war correspondence and photography for Vogue; and the writings of H.D. and Gertrude Stein--works concerned centrally with visuality and with the contradictions inherent in subjects who are also conscious of themselves as objects. Gallagher nicely reveals the process whereby wartime subjectivity becomes gendered, foregrounding the essentially visual nature of war as it is portrayed in its theater. Not overly technical or jargon filled, this study is suitable and recommended for all levels--and it is a crucial addition for woman's studies and all general collections. B. Adler Valdosta State University

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