Conolly-Smith 2013 Rape

Title Information


Author: Peter Conolly-Smith

Title: Race-ing Rape

Subtitle: Representations of Sexual Violence in American Combat Films

Journal: War & Society

Volume: 32

Issue: 3

Year: October 2013

Pages: 233-251

ISSN: 0729-2473 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2042-4345 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Films; Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War, Vietnam War



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Author: Peter Conolly-Smith, History Department, Queens College, City University of New York

Abstract: »Although portrayals of the rape of Asian women in American combat films are associated with the Vietnam War movie, such scenarios first became an established trope of the combat genre in films made during and about World War II. While pre-Vietnam War films used rape as a narrative device to justify US foreign and military policy, Vietnam combat films later used it as metaphor for US imperialism. Notwithstanding this difference, the combat film’s representation of sexual violence both pre- and post-Vietnam has always thrived on its confirmation of an American hegemony predicated on the subjugation of peoples (and, in particular, women) of colour.« (Source: War & Society)

Wikipedia: Vietnam War, War rape, World War II


Added: October 12, 2013 | Last updated: May 10, 2014