Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal
Huge Savings Item! Save 11% on the Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal by Brand: University of Massachusetts Press at Hanoi PE. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. From Aristophanes' Lysistrata to the notorious Mata Hari and the legendary Tokyo Rose, stories of female betrayal during wartime have recurred
Hanoi Jane, the book, deconstructs Hanoi Jane, the myth, to locate its origins in the need of Americans to explain defeat in Vietnam through fantasies of home-front betrayal and the emasculation of the national will-to-war. Lembcke shows that the expression "Hanoi Jane" did not reach the eyes and ears of most Americans until five or six years after the end of the war in Vietnam. By then, anxieties about America's declining global status and deteriorating economy were fueling a populist reaction that pointed to the loss of the war as the taproot of those problems. Blaming the antiwar movement for undermining the military's resolve, many found in the imaginary Hanoi Jane the personification of their stab-in-the- back theories.
Ground zero of the myth was the city of Hanoi itself, which Jane Fonda had visited as a peace activist in July 1972. Rumors surrounding Fonda's visits with U.S. POWs and radio broadcasts to troops combined to conjure allegations of treason that had cost American lives. That such tales were more imagined than real did not prevent them from insinuating themselves into public memory, where they have continued to infect American politics and culture.
Hanoi Jane is a book about the making of Hanoi Jane by those who saw a formidable threat in the Jane Fonda who supported soldiers and veterans opposed to the war they fought, in the postcolonial struggle of the Vietnamese people to make their own future, and in the movements of women everywhere for gender equality.
|Manufacturer:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Brand:||Brand: University of Massachusetts Press|
|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Studio:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Item Weight:||0.78 pounds|
|Item Size:||0.75 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.75 pounds|
|Package Size:||6 x 0.6 x 0.6 inches|