Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art
Beyond Rosie the Riveter takes readers back to a time
before television's dominance, to the golden age of print art and its singular
power over public opinion. Focusing specifically on instances of "female
masculinity" when women entered previously all-male fields, Knaff places these
images within the context of popular discussions of gender roles and examines
their historical, cultural, and textual contexts.
As Knaff reveals, visual messages received by women through
war posters, magazine cartoons, comic strips, and ads may have acknowledged
their importance to the war effort but also cautioned them against taking too
many liberties or losing their femininity. Her study examines the subtle and
not-so subtle cultural battles that played out in these popular images, opening
a new window on American women's experience.
[Paperback, 224 pages, Donna B. Knaff]