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Imaging the Scenes of War - Aesthetic Crossovers in American Visual Culture

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In American visual culture, the 1930s and 1940s were a key transitional period shaped by the era of modernism and the global confrontation of World War II. Christof Decker demonstrates that the war and its iconography of destruction challenged visual artists to find new ways of representing its consequences. Dealing with trauma and war crimes led to the emergence of complex aesthetic forms and media crossovers. Decker shows that the 1940s were a pivotal period for the creation of horrific yet also innovative representations that boosted American visual modernism and set the stage for debates about the ethics of visual culture in the post-9/11 era.

About the author

Christof Decker is a professor of American studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He received his Ph.D. from Freie Universität Berlin where he also completed his second book (habilitation) with a study on the cultural functions of the social melodrama. He has published widely on documentary and Hollywood cinema, avant-garde film, literary and cultural history, visual culture, and the history of mass media.

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Authors Christof Decker
Publisher Transcript
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 01.06.2022
EAN 9783837662023
ISBN 978-3-8376-6202-3
No. of pages 160
Dimensions 153 mm x 11 mm x 226 mm
Weight 258 g
Illustrations Dispersionsbindung, 21 SW-Abbildungen
Series American Culture Studies
American Culture Studies 38
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > English linguistics / literary studies
Social sciences, law, business > Media, communication > Miscellaneous

Film, USA, Image, Kunsttheorie, Photography, Film, Kino, Medienwissenschaften, Media, Cultural Studies, America, American Studies, Visual Studies, Visual Culture, auseinandersetzen, World War II

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