During the Second World War, the U.S. military began actively courting women war correspondents. The most celebrated of these are the subject of this talk.

On Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m., Deutsches Haus at NYU will present a talk by Professor Elisabeth Bronfen on “Gendering War Dispatches: Martha Gellhorn, Lee Miller and Margaret Bourke-White Give Witness to the German Stunde Null.”

War has, for many centuries, been the affair of men, while women were often reporting from the front lines in their function as nurses. During the Second World War, however, the U.S. military began actively courting women war correspondents. The most celebrated of these – Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller, and Martha Gellhorn – are the subject of this talk. In a unique manner they bring together personal courage, clear-sighted reportage and self-performance.

Elisabeth Bronfen is professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zürich, and, since 2007 Global Distinguished Professor in the German department at NYU. She specializes in the interface between literary and visual culture, historical transformations through various media, psychoanalysis, and gender studies. Her publications include Specters of War: Hollywood’s Engagement with Military Conflict; Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature and Film, and forthcoming Mad Men, Death and the American Dream.

Events at Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews, at University Place, New York, N.Y.) are free of charge. If you would like to attend this event, please send us an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event. For further information, call 212.998.8660.

Gendering War Dispatches: Martha Gellhorn, Lee Miller and Margaret Bourke-White Give Witness to the German Stunde Null is a DAAD supported event.

 

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