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Book:Hanoi Jane : war, sex & fantasies of betrayal / Jerry Lembcke.:c2010. Book Hanoi Jane : war, sex & fantasies of betrayal / Jerry Lembcke.
Hanoi Jane : war, sex & fantasies of betrayal / Jerry Lembcke.
Author: Lembcke, Jerry 1943-
Publication year: c2010.
Language: English
Call Number U21.75 .L46 2010
Media class: Book
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558498150 155849815X 1558498141 9781558498143
Extent: ix, 207 p. ; 25 cm.
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"The book deconstructs Hanoi Jane, the myth, to locate its origins in the need of Americans to explain defeat in Vietnam through fantasies of home-front betrayal and the emasculation of the national will-to-war. Lembcke shows that the expression 'Hanoi Jane' did not reach the eyes and ears of most Americans until five or six years after the end of the war in Vietnam. By then, anxieties about America's declining global status and deteriorating economy were fueling a populist reaction that pointed to the loss of the war as the taproot of those problems. Blaming the antiwar movement for undermining the military's resolve, many found in the imaginary Hanoi Jane the personification of their stab-in-the-back theories"--Publisher's description.
From Hanoi Jane to Osama bin Fonda : a political trope crosses the millennia -- "This is Jane Fonda ... speaking to you from Hanoi" -- Prisoners at war : Hanoi Jane's mythical other -- Barbarella as prologue -- From Lysistrata : the classical lineage of female betrayal stories -- Betel nuts and razor blades : sex and danger, Airborne Ranger -- Workout Jane : the complications of class in Hanoi Jane -- Making trope : Birchers, La Roucheies, and Ayn Randians -- Jane Fonda : Hanoi Jane's evil twin.

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