Songs of Our Fathers: Gender and Nationhood at the Liberation of France

@article{Jakes2017SongsOO,
  title={Songs of Our Fathers: Gender and Nationhood at the Liberation of France},
  author={Kelly Jakes},
  journal={Rhetoric & Public Affairs},
  year={2017},
  volume={20},
  pages={385 - 419}
}
  • Kelly Jakes
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Abstract: The experiences of defeat and occupation by Germany and liberation by the Allies wrought considerable gender damage upon France during the Second World War. In this essay, I examine appropriations of “Quand Madelon,” a popular World War I song that reemerged during the early weeks of France’s liberation, arguing that these appropriations offered one discursive resource by which patriots reasserted the manly strength of their nation. By reviving old archetypal notions of eroticized… Expand