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Introduction

Introduction This article shows how the model of the ideal patriotic woman, established through propaganda activities between two competitive ideologies in Croatia during the Second World War, have been transformed and adapted to accommodate diverse genres of memory culture from 1945 until the present day. In order to indicate the interrelation of media-ideological constructs and self-definition, the authors have compared cultural representation models of ‘acceptable’ and ‘obnoxious’ females in war time with ethnographical interviews conducted with women at the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Antifašistički front žena (Women’s Anti-Fascist Front, AFŽ) Istrian Conference in 2004. The contrast between recollections and culturally constructed official memory shows how the memories of women, as autonomous historical subjects, resist the imposed collective amnesia on the anti-fascist movement, although these women also leave many ‘unsuitable truths’ untold about their subordinate role within the anti-fascist movement. KEYWORDS: Croatia, Second World War, Antifašistički front žena (Women’s Anti-Fascist Front, AFŽ), cultural memory, war propaganda, gender, television Introduction1 This article focuses on the different versions of hegemonic constructs of womanhood as represented in various forms of mass media in Croatia from the beginning of the Second World War to the present day. Our analysis is guided http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

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Berghahn Books
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1933-2882
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1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2010.040106
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Abstract

This article shows how the model of the ideal patriotic woman, established through propaganda activities between two competitive ideologies in Croatia during the Second World War, have been transformed and adapted to accommodate diverse genres of memory culture from 1945 until the present day. In order to indicate the interrelation of media-ideological constructs and self-definition, the authors have compared cultural representation models of ‘acceptable’ and ‘obnoxious’ females in war time with ethnographical interviews conducted with women at the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Antifašistički front žena (Women’s Anti-Fascist Front, AFŽ) Istrian Conference in 2004. The contrast between recollections and culturally constructed official memory shows how the memories of women, as autonomous historical subjects, resist the imposed collective amnesia on the anti-fascist movement, although these women also leave many ‘unsuitable truths’ untold about their subordinate role within the anti-fascist movement. KEYWORDS: Croatia, Second World War, Antifašistički front žena (Women’s Anti-Fascist Front, AFŽ), cultural memory, war propaganda, gender, television Introduction1 This article focuses on the different versions of hegemonic constructs of womanhood as represented in various forms of mass media in Croatia from the beginning of the Second World War to the present day. Our analysis is guided

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Published: Mar 1, 2010

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