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The Male Body at War
American Masculinity during World War II
Christina S. Jarvis
"A very important work, one of the first books to examine how the efforts of state and military officials during the Second World War reconfigured constructions of American masculinity."—Leisa D. Meyer, College of William and Mary
"A fascinating, detailed analysis of military masculinity, and how it enabled male heroism to dominate America even in the face of war wounds and death."—Suzanne Clark, University of Oregon
"An interesting and useful look at gender, nationalism, and the soldier."—Canadian Journal of History
Muscular, fearless, youthful, athletic—the World War II soldier embodied masculine ideals and represented the manhood of the United States. In The Male Body at War, Christina Jarvis examines the creation of this national symbol, from military recruitment posters to Hollywood war films to the iconic flag-raisers at Iwo Jima. A poignant selection of illustrations brings together comics, advertisements, media images, and government propaganda intended to impress U.S. citizens and foreign nations with America's strength.
(2003) 266 pp., notes, bibliography, index
Christina S. Jarvis is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the American Studies program at SUNY, Fredonia.
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