Foreign Affairs

Katherine Kinney

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520224384
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925267 | DOI:
Foreign Affairs

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This chapter discusses the place of women in war. It begins with a discussion of the sharp isolation between domestic U.S. history and “foreign affairs”, which is a key tenet of the exceptionalist conception of American Studies. It then studies the gendered distinction between the domestic and the foreign, before moving on to examine several novels that were published by women during the 1980s. These novels share a sophisticated interest in the vexed and contradictory relationships across the Pacific. The discussion then shifts to the difference between the “women's novel” and the “war novel” and two famous images of World War II: the photograph of the flag-raising in Iwo Jima and the bombing of Hiroshima. The final sections of the chapter present a detailed review of the novels Obasan, Machine Dreams, Democracy, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.

Keywords: women; war; domestic U.S. history; foreign affairs; exceptionalist conception; women's novel; war novel; Iwo Jima; Hiroshima

Chapter.  11645 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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