Recruitment and Containment: Hollywood Celebrates Military Women in World War II

We are pleased to announce the third lecture in our series on American life and culture: “Recruitment and Containment: Hollywood Celebrates Military Women in WWII,” which will be given by Professor Yvonne Tasker from the School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia on Tuesday 22nd November, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

During WWII Hollywood supported efforts to recruit women into military service, whether as nurses, marines, WACS or WAVES. Movies echoed contemporary recruitment campaigns in emphasising women’s service as patriotic, necessary but temporary. Both recruiters and filmmakers had to contend with negative views of women’s service, which some regarded as unfeminine or even amoral. This illustrated talk looks at some of the ways in which movies managed this, exploring the stories of military women in drama, romance, musicals and comedies of the period.

Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat contact the Memorial Library at 2admemorial.lib@norfolk.gov.uk or 01603 774747 

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