Dolly Does Saigon: Diplomacy and the Sexual Politics of Show Business in the Vietnam War

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Humanities
Department History
Author Pedersen, Katherine Elizabeth
Title Dolly Does Saigon: Diplomacy and the Sexual Politics of Show Business in the Vietnam War
Date 2017
Description This project investigates the representation of American actresses Mary Martin and Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War and why they are inversely committed to American cultural memory. Mary Martin's involvement as a Broadway performer in an active war zone reinforced her legacy as America's sweetheart. Jane Fonda's role as a feminist, antiwar protester constructed her reputation as an un-American traitor. Both women promoted different agendas of American interventionism in Asia based on their interaction styles with Asian nationals and relationships with the US government. Martin and Fonda's dueling legacies reveal how the politicization of female performers during the Vietnam War weaponized both women to advance American imperialism in Asia.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject American history; Asian Studies; Gender studies
Dissertation Name Master of Arts
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Katherine Elizabeth Pedersen
Format Medium application/pdf
ARK ark:/87278/s635358z
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2019-08-20
Date Modified 2019-11-13
ID 1440991
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s635358z
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