Comrades in Arms: Military Masculinities in East German Culture (Hardcover)

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Without question, the East German National People's Army was a profoundly masculine institution that emphasized traditional ideals of stoicism, sacrifice, and physical courage. Nonetheless, as this innovative study demonstrates, depictions of the military in the film and literature of the GDR were far more nuanced and ambivalent. Departing from past studies that have found in such portrayals an unchanging, idealized masculinity, Comrades in Arms shows how cultural works both before and after reunification place violence, physical vulnerability, and military theatricality, as well as conscripts' powerful emotions and desires, at the center of soldiers' lives and the military institution itself.

About the Author


Tom Smith is a Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781789205558
ISBN-10: 1789205557
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2020
Pages: 280
Language: English

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