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Artistic Expressions and the Great War, A Hundred Years On


Edited By Sally Debra Charnow

The Great War set in motion all of the subsequent violence of the twentieth century. The war took millions of lives, led to the fall of four empires, established new nations, and negatively affected others. During and after the war, individuals and communities struggled to find expression for their wartime encounters and communal as well as individual mourning. Throughout this time of enormous upheaval, many artists redefined their role in society, among them writers, performers, painters, and composers. Some sought to renew or re-establish their place in the postwar climate, while others longed for an irretrievable past, and still others tried to break with the past entirely.

This volume offers a significant interdisciplinary contribution to the study of modern war, exploring the ways that artists contributed to wartime culture – both representing and shaping it – as well as the ways in which wartime culture influenced artistic expressions. Artists’ places within and against reconstruction efforts illuminate the struggles of the day. The essays included represent a transnational perspective and seek to examine how artists dealt with the experience of conflict and mourning and their role in (re-)establishing creative practices in the changing climate of the interwar years.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:

Names: Charnow, Sally Debra, 1955- author.

Title: Artistic expressions and the Great War, a hundred years on / SallyDebra Charnow.

Other titles: Artistic expressions and the Great War, 100 years on

Description: Oxford : Peter Lang, 2020. | Series: Cultural memories,2235-2325 ; vol. 15 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2019055818 (print) | LCCN 2019055819 (ebook) | ISBN9781789974041 (paperback) | ISBN 9781789974058 (ebook) | ISBN9781789974065 (epub) | ISBN 9781789974072 (mobi)

Subjects: LCSH: World War, 1914-1918--Art and the war. | Art and war. |Collective memory in art.

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