Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


War and Society

First Advisor

Alexander Bay

Second Advisor

Jennifer Keene

Third Advisor

Mateo Jarquin


These three works, two academic papers and one screenplay, challenge traditional notions of gender and sexuality during wartime. Queer Vietnam service members did not all experience oppression, all the time, but rather carved out a space for themselves amongst their peers. Female nurses in the early cold war could keep their careers in the medical field due to its unique gendered history despite demobilization efforts across the country in different industries. Finally, through the medium of historical fiction, a Civil War soldier’s fears and desires are questioned as he experiences the phenomenon of the Angel’s Glow, a blue light that somehow manifests in the wounds of some soldiers.

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