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American Visual Cultures - David Holloway

American Visual Cultures

By: David Holloway (Editor), John Beck (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th June 2005
ISBN: 9780826464859
Number Of Pages: 348

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American Visual Cultures analyses the role of painting, photography, film, television, advertising, journalism and other visual media in the historical development of the United States from the Civil War to the present day. It offers a chronology of major debates and developments in modern US history and traces the social, political and economic factors that have shaped the development of visual forms and practices across time.

Illustrated throughout, the book combines a wide range of critical approaches and is made up of new essays by internationally renowned scholars. A General Introduction, in which the editors discuss the theoretical and pedagogical approaches shaping the contemporary study of visual culture, with particular reference to the United States, is followed by four sections, each covering a defined chronological period: 1861-1929; 1929-1963; 1963-1980; 1980 to the present. Each section opens with an introduction by the editors, giving historical and cultural context and highlighting thematic and pedagogical links between essays. An annotated bibliography of suggested further reading completes this invaluable and unique resource for the student and teacher of modern American art, media and culture.

List of Figuresp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
General Introduction: Towards a Social Theory of American Visual Culturesp. 1
Introduction to Part 1p. 13
Manifest Destiny and Visual Culture: Photographing American Indians: Repression and Revisionp. 21
Visualizing Women in the Civil War: Unsexed Amazons and Desperadoes: Imaging Public War Women and Imagining Female Warriors in the American Civil Warp. 31
Renegotiating Masculinity after the Civil War: Absent Fathers and Women with Beards: Religion and Gender in Popular Imagery of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 39
Visualizing 'America' as 'Progress' at the end of the Western Frontier: Painting the Nation: American Art at the White Cityp. 48
Alternative Racial Gazes in American Silent Cinema: Visualizing Racial Politics in the Films of D.W. Griffith and Oscar Micheauxp. 56
Visualizing Dissent in World War 1: Modernism, and the End of 'Liberal' Progressivism, in Art from The Masses (1911-1917)p. 63
The Avant-Garde and the Market: Debating Modernism: Art and American Advertising in the 1920sp. 73
Introduction to Part 2p. 83
The New Deal and Film: Debating the New Deal: Gold Diggers of 1933 and My Man Godfreyp. 89
Painting and the New Deal: Art and Work on the WPAp. 98
The New Deal and Photography: Liberal Documentary Goes to School: Farm Security Administration Photographs of Students, Teachers and Schoolsp. 107
Supporting Dictatorship in World War 2 News: 'Flash From Brazil' - 1940s' Newsreels Present Latin Americap. 116
The Emergence of TV as a New Mass Medium: The Birth of American Televisual Spectatorshipp. 125
Negotiating the Cold War in Film: The Other Side of Hollywood's Cold War: Images of Dissent in the 1950sp. 133
Cold War 'Containment Culture' and Photography: Robert Frank's The Americans and the 1950sp. 142
Reading Abstract Expressionist Art: Aesthetics, Politics and 'Cultural Theory': Barnet Newman's Utopian Paintingp. 150
Introduction to Part 3p. 161
Visualizing Political Struggle: Civil Rights-era Photographyp. 166
Towards Postmodernism: Post-World War 2 Photography in America: From Committed to Solipsistic Artp. 174
Visual Violence in History and Art: Zapruder, Warhol, and the Accident of Imagesp. 183
New Modes of Dissent in Art of the 1960s and 1970s: Visual Culture and Strategies of Resistance: from Semina to Heresiesp. 190
Photographing the Vietnam War: Democratic Accountability and Liberal Representation in American Iconic Photography: the Image of 'Accidental Napalm'p. 199
'Commodity Feminism' in 1960s' Visual Culture: Sex, Style and Single Girlsp. 209
New Genre Forms in 'New Hollywood' Film: Partly Truth and Partly Fiction: The Western, the City Movie and the American 1970sp. 216
Introduction to Part 4p. 227
Marketing 'Post-Fordism': Advertising the Global Economyp. 232
Commodifying Latin America in NAFTA-era Film: The World According to Miramax: Chocolate, Poetry and Neoliberal Aestheticsp. 241
Visualizing 'Memory' in the Age of Global Capital: A Taste for Black and White: Visuality, Digital Culture and the Anxieties of the Globalp. 249
Remembering Vietnam in the 1980s: White Skin, White Masks: Vietnam War Films and the Racialized Gazep. 257
'Queer' Photography and the 'Culture Wars': Robert Mapplethorpe's Queer Aesthetic of the Pairp. 265
Transnationalism in Contemporary African American Photography: Memory, History and 'Universal' Narrative in the Work of Carrie Mae Weemsp. 274
Anthropology at the Movies: Jerry Maguire as 'Expeditionary Discourse'p. 284
Negotiating Feminism in Contemporary TV: 'What's Sex Got To Do With It?': Signifying Post-Feminism in Sex and the Cityp. 291
Constructing History in TV News from Clinton to 9/11: Flashframes of History-American Visual Memoriesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 306
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ISBN: 9780826464859
ISBN-10: 0826464858
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 5th June 2005
Publisher: CONTINUUM
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.81
Edition Number: 1