Hitler's Heroines: Stardom and Womanhood in Nazi Cinema

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Februar 2003



Features the brightest stars in fascist films.


Preface Introduction 1. Nazi Culture? National Socialism, Stardom, and Female Representation 2. Kristina Soderbaum: The Myth of Naturalness, Sacrifice, and the "Reich's Water Corpse" 3. Lilian Harvey: International Stardom, German Comedy, and the "Dream Couple" 4. Diva, Mother, Martyr: The Many Faces of Zarah Leander 5. Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index


ANTJE ASCHIED is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and Theater at the University of Georgia.


"The author shows Nazi cinema's adaptation of Hollywood's popular cultural forms for its own propagandistic purposes. In Ascheid's analysis, they emerge as complicated figures who reveal both the influence of fascist doctrine and, at the same time, the desires and conflicts of real German women in the thirties and forties...the book is quite convincing in showing how [Kristina] Soderbaum could reveal the tragic components of womanhood particularly in Harlan's state-ordered propagandistic melodramas." Colloquia Germanica "[a] useful and stimulating study - Ascheid's book is well-researched, tightly structured, and well written, and is a highly welcome addition to the growing body of sophisticated studies of the cinema of the Third Reich." German Studies Review "a valuable contribution to both Third Reich Film Studies and Women's Studies. Well-researched, informed by theoretical and methodological developments in Film Studies and German Studies, and lucidly written, this volume enriches current understandings both of the Nazi film industry and of the tensions between party ideology and the media's images of women in the Third Reich." Monatshefte "Hitler's Heroines is the first in-depth study of the complex role of female stars in Nazi cinema. Ascheid's detailed analysis of three of the most celebrated stars--Kristina Soderbaum, Zarah Leander, and Lilian Harvey--shows the crucial role female stars played within Joseph Goebbels's entertainment industry. Ascheid highlights womanhood as a central area of contestation within German fascism and her work is informed by a wealth of recent critical studies on the history and cinema of the Third Reich." --Gerd Gemunden, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College "Hitler's Heroines undermines the notion of the Nazi state's total control of public attitudes. It reveals the slippages in the discourses on gender, sexuality and nation that occurred through the film industry's construction of female stardom. In the process, the book breaks new ground in the increasingly well-cultivated terrain of Nazi cinema studies." --Robert R. Shandley, Associate Professor of Film Studies and German, Texas A&M University, and author of Rubble Films: German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich (Temple)
EAN: 9781566399838
ISBN: 1566399831
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 287 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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