Selling war : masculinity and British recruitment posters of World War I

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dc.contributor.advisor Malone, Carolyn, 1961- en_US Martin, Christopher A. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial e-uk--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:40:16Z 2011-06-03T19:40:16Z 2004 en_US 2004
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2004 .M37 en_US
dc.description.abstract Despite the emergence of historical scholarship concerning masculinity in the past two decades, historians have largely failed to examine masculinity during either of the two World Wars. This thesis examines the use of masculinity within a selection of posters that the British government's Parliamentary Recruitment Committee produced during their preconscription period in World War I (1914-1915). Using a visual template to deconstruct the designs and messages of the selected posters, the thesis contends that the posters incorporated familiar prewar masculine images and ideas in order to lure potential recruits into the British army. The posters' use of prewar masculine ideology also contributed to their idyllic presentation of war, which differed significantly from the actual experiences of British soldiers. In addition to poster analysis, this thesis examines how British boys became familiar with "militaristic masculinity" in the prewar period, as well as the modern poster and its prominent role within the PRC campaign.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History
dc.format.extent 104 leaves : col. ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Masculinity in art. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Posters, British. en_US
dc.subject.other Great Britain. Army -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc. -- Posters. en_US
dc.title Selling war : masculinity and British recruitment posters of World War I en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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