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Mothers, monsters, heroes and whores: reinscribing patriarchy in European Holocaust films

Waterhouse-Watson, Deb S and Brown, Adam 2016, Mothers, monsters, heroes and whores: reinscribing patriarchy in European Holocaust films, Dapim: studies on the Holocaust, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 142-157, doi: 10.1080/23256249.2016.1166592.

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Title Mothers, monsters, heroes and whores: reinscribing patriarchy in European Holocaust films
Author(s) Waterhouse-Watson, Deb S
Brown, AdamORCID iD for Brown, Adam orcid.org/0000-0003-4669-1372
Journal name Dapim: studies on the Holocaust
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 142
End page 157
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng
Publication date 2016
Keyword(s) Holocaust film
gender
feminism
rescuers
media studies
rape
patriarchy
Summary This article examines the portrayal of female Gentile rescuers in Holocaust films. We analyze two recent and somewhat unconventional Eastern European films, Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness (Poland, 2011) and Jan Hrebejk’s Divided We Fall (Czech Republic, 2000), which, to varying degrees, disrupt conventional narratives of selfless heroism and avoid the eroticized objectification of women common in many (particularly American) Holocaust films. Nevertheless, a detailed analysis reveals how these films also marginalize or erase women’s roles as rescuers, either in preference to narratives of dominative masculine heroism or in order to undertake a politico-religious appropriation of the Holocaust, each of which implicitly excludes and exploits the feminine. In both cases, the films trivialize women’s particular and complex historical experiences, including sexual violence, and subordinate them to masculine interests.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/23256249.2016.1166592
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086358

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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