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Cold War Modernists

Author : Greg Barnhisel
ISBN : 9780231538626
Genre : Literary Criticism
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European intellectuals of the 1950s dismissed American culture as nothing more than cowboy movies and the A-bomb. In response, American cultural diplomats tried to show that the United States had something to offer beyond military might and commercial exploitation. Through literary magazines, traveling art exhibits, touring musical shows, radio programs, book translations, and conferences, they deployed the revolutionary aesthetics of modernism to prove—particularly to the leftists whose Cold War loyalties they hoped to secure—that American art and literature were aesthetically rich and culturally significant. Yet by repurposing modernism, American diplomats and cultural authorities turned the avant-garde into the establishment. They remade the once revolutionary movement into a content-free collection of artistic techniques and styles suitable for middlebrow consumption. Cold War Modernists documents how the CIA, the State Department, and private cultural diplomats transformed modernist art and literature into pro-Western propaganda during the first decade of the Cold War. Drawing on interviews, previously unknown archival materials, and the stories of such figures and institutions as William Faulkner, Stephen Spender, Irving Kristol, James Laughlin, and Voice of America, Barnhisel reveals how the U.S. government reconfigured modernism as a trans-Atlantic movement, a joint endeavor between American and European artists, with profound implications for the art that followed and for the character of American identity.

Cold War Modernists

Author : Greg Barnhisel
ISBN : 0231162308
Genre : Art
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"An examination of the legacy of modernism as a cultural movement and propaganda tool during the Cold War and the 1950s in America"--Provided by publisher.

Wie New York Die Idee Der Modernen Kunst Gestohlen Hat

Author : Serge Guilbaut
ISBN : 9057050226
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Wer Die Zeche Zahlt

Author : Frances Stonor Saunders
ISBN : 3886806952
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The Cold War

Author : Konrad H. Jarausch
ISBN : 9783110496178
Genre : History
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The traces of the Cold War are still visible in many places all around the world. It is the topic of exhibits and new museums, of memorial days and historic sites, of documentaries and movies, of arts and culture. There are historical and political controversies, both nationally and internationally, about how the history of the Cold War should be told and taught, how it should be represented and remembered. While much has been written about the political history of the Cold War, the analysis of its memory and representation is just beginning. Bringing together a wide range of scholars, this volume describes and analyzes the cultural history and representation of the Cold War from an international perspective. That innovative approach focuses on master narratives of the Cold War, places of memory, public and private memorialization, popular culture, and schoolbooks. Due to its unique status as a center of Cold War confrontation and competition, Cold War memory in Berlin receives a special emphasis. With the friendly support of the Wilson Center.

Verlust Der Mitte

Author : Hans Sedlmayr
ISBN : 9783701355372
Genre : Art
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Im ersten Teil behandelt Sedlmayr die ”Symptome>Gesamtaufgaben>der 'Befreiung' zum Ende der Kunst>als Ganzes gesehen, gerade auch im Chaotischen, den Charakter eines >geschlossenen

Nightmare Envy And Other Stories

Author : George Blaustein
ISBN : 9780190871369
Genre : Literary Criticism
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What has it meant to be an Americanist? What did it mean to be an Americanist through fascism, war, and occupation? Nightmare Envy and Other Stories is a study of Americanist writing and institutions in the 20th century. Four chapters trace four routes through the mid-twentieth century. The first chapter is the hidden history of American Studies in the United States, Europe and Japan. The second is the strange career of "national character" in anthropology. The third is a contest between military occupation and cultural diplomacy in Europe. The fourth is the emergence and fate of the "American Renaissance," as the scholar and literary critic F.O. Matthiessen carried a canon of radical literature across the Iron Curtain. Each chapter culminates in the postwar period, when the ruin of postwar Europe led writers and intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic to understand America in new ways. Many of our modern myths of the United States and Europe were formed in this moment. Some saw the United States assume the mantle of cultural redeemer. Others saw a stereotypical America, rich in civilization but poor in culture, overtake a stereotypical Europe, rich in culture and equally rich in disaster. Drawing on American and European archives, the book weaves cultural, intellectual, and diplomatic history, with portraits of Matthiessen, Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, David Riesman, Alfred Kazin, and Ralph Ellison. It excavates the history of the Salzburg Seminar in American Civilization, where displaced persons, former Nazis, budding Communists, and glad-handing Americans met on the common ground of American culture. Others found keys to their own contexts in American books, reading Moby-Dick in the ruins. Nightmare Envy and Other Stories chronicles American encounters with European disaster, European encounters with American fiction, and the chasms over which culture had to reach.

Modernism War And Violence

Author : Marina MacKay
ISBN : 9781472590084
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The modernist period was an era of world war and violent revolution. Covering a wide range of authors from Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy at the beginning of the period to Elizabeth Bowen and Samuel Beckett at the end, this book situates modernism's extraordinary literary achievements in their contexts of historical violence, while surveying the ways in which the relationships between modernism and conflict have been understood by readers and critics over the past fifty years. Ranging from the colonial conflicts of the late 19th century to the world wars and the civil wars in between, and concluding with the institutionalization of modernism in the Cold War, Modernism, War, and Violence provides a starting point for readers who are new to these topics and offers a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the field for a more advanced audience.

Writing Nature In Cold War American Literature

Author : Sarah Daw
ISBN : 9781474430043
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A study of a key modernist form, its theory, practice and legacy.

Gefahr Und Begierde

Author : Eileen Chang
ISBN : 9783843715782
Genre : Fiction
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Die Wiederentdeckung einer chinesischen Schriftstellerin von Weltrang Shanghai ist von den Japanern eingenommen. In einem Café wartet nervös eine junge Frau auf den Mann, mit dem sie ein Verhältnis hat: Lao Yi, der mächtige Geheimdienstchef der japanischen Marionettenregierung, soll in dieser Nacht sterben. Die junge Frau soll ihn verraten. Als er vor ihr steht, erkennt sie, dass sie ihn liebt. Sie warnt ihn, und er flieht rechtzeitig. Sie wird verhaftet und hingerichtet. Die von Ang Lee verfilmte Erzählung Gefahr und Begierde fängt das Leben in einer besetzten Stadt ein – wie auch Eileen Changs andere Geschichten aus dem Shanghai der vierziger Jahre. Eileen Chang gehört zu den großen modernen Erzählern wie F. Scott Fitzgerald und Marguerite Duras. Gefahr und Begierde erscheint nun erstmals in deutscher Übersetzung. Eileen Chang, Star der Shanghaier Literaturszene der vierziger Jahre, war im kommunistischen China jahrzehntelang verfemt. Heute wird sie weltweit als literarische Wiederentdeckung gefeiert. Ihre Erzählungen halten den verzweifelten Lebenswillen der chinesischen Metropole fest und bewahren eine versunkene Welt vor dem Vergessen. "Sie ist ein gefallener Engel der chinesischen Literatur." Ang Lee "Ihre Erzählungen präsentieren ein Stück literarischen Existenzialismus." Tilman Spengler "Die Meisterin der modernen chinesischen Literatur." The New York Times "Nun können sich also auch deutsche Leser ein plastisches Bild machen, warum diese Autorin heute im angloamerikanischen Raum von der chinesischen Exilgemeinde als dichtende Greta Garbo kultisch verehrt wird, warum sie überhaupt als eine der interessantesten Ezählerinnen der klassischen Moderne gilt." taz, Susanne Messmer

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