EN 2011 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: The Invisible War, War Film, Lesse

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27 Oct 2016
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Whichever grade is the better of the two first assignments is worth
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Final exam (take-home)
o Themes and key words, explain and demonstrate significance
o Short answer, 4-5
Woman in Berlin
Even in the extremes to survive by not fighting
“he’s a refugee girl
Rape? Under duress but consensual
She sees these guys as real people, not monsters, not soldiers
A lot of grey area, if this was isolated there would be a huge outcry
Ambiguity in many cases ends up fading into history and is never really
explored again, a lot of children who were subjected to that blocked it
out
No privacy
Woa’s o a’s lad
Anonymous shame of being raped
Conquest terrible thing that there was no government to negotiate
the peace, left tiny troops of German men fighting with no hope to
win at all
Women traumatized, men return and disgrace the women for being
broken
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If ou thik our oa is dirt after you touch her, maybe you
should take a look at our hads.
Women having sex in order to give birth to warriors older tradition,
not outdated
Men not wanting women to speak about the atrocities that happened
to them because they may have committed the same atrocities in
other countries
Gender and sexuality
War is a male institution, what do the women do?
o Women in war time have to face similar dangers, called in the
case of Germany to protect their children and to find food for
them, sometimes pressed into war work
o If it’s iddle lass oe, the are isolated
o Women are unarmed and subject to be raped, killed by the
enemy
Rape is not treated as a crime/war crime
o Rape has only been in recent history in the 1990s become a war
crime
o Generally, women, especially in war torn areas (Bosnia) with
diisios of religio ad ethiit, do’t like to oe forard
o History of the women cannot be examined
o Act of rape suffices for a guilty verdict
o Rape of enemy meant raping the defeated enemy, ritual after
victory
o Rape was in the collective, also for the men as they did the
raping
o Looking at sacred texts there are biblical texts
Woman in berlin
o Something concrete that we can discuss and share
o Very different from rapes of individual war film, and as it
happens in our world
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