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War films and gendered nostalgia for the WWII
Södertörns högskola.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7943-3076
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The article seeks to explore the common ground between bio-politics, gender, patriotism and war nostalgia. Taking off from the Foucaldian notion of biopolitics as a control apparatus exerted over a population, we provide an insight into the modern construction of Russian nation, where personal and collective sacrifice, traditional femininity and masculinity, orthodox religion andwar become the basis for patriotism. On carefully chosen case studies we will show how the state directly and indirectly regulates peoples lives by producing narratives, which are translated into media discourses and with a core of time create specific “gender norms” – women are seen as fertile mothers giving birth to new soldiers, while men are shown as fighters and defenders of their nation. In the constructed discourses nostalgia for a war plays one of the central roles and becomes a ground of a creation of an idea of a nation as one biological body, where brothers and sisters are united together. In these popular culture narratives people’s bodies become a battlefield of domestic politics. Popular culture hence produces a narrative of a healthy nation to ensure the healthy work- and military force. The authors tackle the above-mentioned aims by conducting visual analysis of several films, where the main characters are women in contrast to the majority of films about war. (Batallion (2015), A zori zdes’ tikhie (2015)). 

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nostalgia, war, film, Russia, gender, intersectionality
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Media Studies Cultural Studies Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20724OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20724DiVA: diva2:875225
Places and Non-Places of Modernity. Movement, Memory and Imagination in Contemporary Europe. CBEES Annual Conference, 3–4 December 2015, Södertörn University, Sweden
Available from: 2015-11-30 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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