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Setting Hollywood Ablaze

Title: Setting Hollywood Ablaze: Remembering and Depicting Women Spies in Popular Media.
Name(s): McGuyre, Haley, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-04-28
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project will inspect the history of remembrance of female allied spies during the Second World War through media. Here, spying refers both to intelligence gathering, espionage, and sabotage. Comparing movies such as Charlotte Gray (2001), Carve Her Name with Pride (1958) Casino Royale (2006), and Les Femmes de l’Ombre (2008) with the lives of real female spies such as Noor Inayat Khan, Gertrude Sanford-Legendre, Katherine Keene, and Violette Szabo, this paper will explore the discrepancies between images and realities, focusing on the tropes of the Madonna and the Whore. Due to the lack of coverage spies in general receive in the historiography of World War II, many people outside of academia become exposed to spies via Hollywood. Here, I will discuss how this type of exposure changes how we as a society think of espionage both in the past and the present. Depictions of other eras of espionage will also receive some discussion, in order to better understand the effects of popular media covering female espionage during World War II.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493409617 (IID)
Keywords: World War II, Intelligence History, Women's History, Cultural History, Female Spies, Pop Culture Studies, Espionage
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Owner Institution: FSU

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McGuyre, H. (2017). Setting Hollywood Ablaze: Remembering and Depicting Women Spies in Popular Media. Retrieved from