Propaganda in a petticoat: the role of women and representations of femininity in Ministry of Information propaganda films of the Second World War

Cheshire, Jeanette (2008) Propaganda in a petticoat: the role of women and representations of femininity in Ministry of Information propaganda films of the Second World War. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation examines propaganda and its use and dissemination in World War Two by the Ministry of Information Film Division through the medium of film. In particular the Ministry's wartime film policies and attitude to women and their role in the feature films and film 'shorts' were my main focus. I wanted to discover if female audiences were influenced by the Ministry propaganda films, and if their traditional and domestic roles were affected by becoming part of the war effort. I have used research and analysis of related literature in books, journals, newspapers and online internet websites coupled with research of archive material at the British Film Institute in London, to enable me to contextualize my study and gain a deeper understanding of the role propaganda played during World War Two. In the chapters I detail the Ministry of Information policies it rationalised for its Films Division, give close textual analysis of two propaganda feature films, and examine four film 'shorts' specifically aimed at women. I discuss and evaluate aspects of how gender address was nuanced at this historically important time towards the female audience, and why representations of femininity were of paramount importance to the male audience.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/557

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