Songs of Our Fathers: Gender and Nationhood at the Liberation of France

TitleSongs of Our Fathers: Gender and Nationhood at the Liberation of France
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsJakes, Kelly
JournalRhetoric & Public Affairs
Volume20
Issue3
Pagination385 - 419
Date Published2017
Abstract

In this essay, I examine appropriations of “Quand Madelon,” a popular World War I song that reemerged during the early weeks of France’s liberation, arguing that these appropriations offered one discursive resource by which patriots reasserted the manly strength of their nation. By reviving old archetypal notions of eroticized, subservient femininity and tough, virile masculinity, the tunes exerted discipline over “wayward” French women and eased gendered anxieties about the nation’s ability to reclaim its status as a sovereign nation. Courting widespread favor, even among French women, the songs made this gender discipline more palatable by pairing it with visions of a sexualized, civically engaged womanhood.

URLhttps://muse.jhu.edu/article/677425
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