Feminist Critique and Cinematic Counterhistory in the Documentary With Babies and Banners
This essay analyzes how the documentary With Babies and Banners employs strategies of realism to counter the dominant history of the 1936 General Motors Sitdown Strike. By visually depicting women strikers' memories, this film challenges contemporary ideologies with regard to women and labor through an act of historical revisionism. I argue that this film not only creates a counterhistory, but also demonstrates women's capacity to transgress the gender politics that often constrain and oppress them.
Women’s Studies in Communication
Taylor and Francis
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“Feminist Critique and Cinematic Counterhistory in the Documentary With Babies and Banners” Women’s Studies in Communication 28.2 (Fall 2005): 157-182.
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