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Constructing the Memory of War in Visual Culture since 1914

The Eye on War, 1st Edition

Edited by Ann Murray


272 pages

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This collection provides a transnational, interdisciplinary perspective on artistic responses to war from 1914 to the present, analysing a broad selection of the rich, complex body of work which has emerged in response to conflicts since the Great War. Many of the creators examined here embody the human experience of war: first-hand witnesses who developed a unique visual language in direct response to their role as victim, soldier, refugee, resister, prisoner and embedded or official artist. Contributors address specific issues relating to propaganda, wartime femininity and masculinity, women as war artists, trauma, the role of art in soldiery, memory, art as resistance, identity and the memorialisation of war.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

List of Figures




List of Contributors

Part 1: Home Front

Chapter 1: ‘Picturing’ World War I: German War Bond Posters and the Modern Public

Claire Whitner

Chapter 2: ‘Our lovely countryside’. Capturing the Image of Britain at War in Commercial Advertising, 1939–1945

David Clampin

Chapter 3: Picturing War’s Affects on the Home Front during the First World War

Catherine Speck

Chapter 4: America’s Forgotten Soldier Art: The World War Two Camp Art

Peter Harrington

Chapter 5: Official Art of World War II by British Women Artists: Directing the Gaze

Elizabeth de Cacqueray

Part II: Art, Activism and Resistance

Chapter 6: Strategies of Liberation: Jean Dubuffet’s Métro Series

Caroline Perrett

Chapter 7: Laughter at war

Anna Markowska

Chapter 8: Another Egyptian Revolution: Khayamiya as War Art

Sam Bowker

Chapter 9: Art and Conflict Resolution: Bloody Sunday, Northern Ireland

Maebh O’Regan

Chapter 10: Terms of Engagement: Critical Reflections in Contemporary Canadian War Art

Christine Conley

Part III: Traumatic Memory and Victimhood

Chapter 11: Kārlis Padegs’ Red Laugh – the High Song of Insanity

Jānis Kalnačs

Chapter 12: Vietnam: Memory of Desecration in Brian dePalma’s Casualties of War

Nanette Norris

Chapter 13: The Soldier’s Diary: A Record of Erased Time

Agne Narušytė

Chapter 14: The Fakhouri File: Traumatic Memory in the work of Walid Raad

Anna Rådström

Chapter 15: Polyrhythmics and Migrating Voices

Leonida Kovač

Part IV: Collective Memory and Commemoration

Chapter 16: A Paroxysm of Battle Painting: Adriano de Sousa Lopes and the Great War

Carlos Silveira

Chapter 17: Let There be No More War: Jack B. Yeats’s Grief in Context

Elizabeth Ansel

Chapter 18: Remembering Port-Said 1956: Images of Popular Resistance in Egyptian Documentaries

Rania Abdelrahman

Chapter 19: Visualising an ‘Orphaned’ Nation: Orphan Photographs of the Korean War in Visual Culture

Jung Joon Lee

Chapter 20: A Lost State of Plenitude: Commemorating the Homeland War in Public Spaces in Croatia

Sandra Križić Roban

About the Editor

Ann Murray holds a PhD from University College Cork. She is currently writing a book on the war art of Otto Dix.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Politics

Routledge Research in Art and Politics is a new series focusing on politics and government as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Art & Politics
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / World War I
HISTORY / Military / World War II