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Beautiful War : Studies in a Dreadful Fascination (Hardcover) (Philip D. Beidler)

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Beautiful War: Studies in a Dreadful Fascination is a wide-ranging exploration of armed conflict as depicted in art that illustrates the constant presence of war in our everyday lives. Philip D. Beidler investigates the unending assimilation and pervasive presence of the idea of war in popular culture, the impulses behind the making of art out of war, and the unending and debatably aimless trajectories of war itself.
In these twelve essays, Beidler’s critical scope spans as far back as Shakespeare’s plays, through the Victorian battle paintings of Lady Butler, into the post–World War I writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf, and up to twenty-first-century films such as The Hurt Locker and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. As these works of art have become ubiquitous in contemporary culture, the many faces of war clearly spill over into our art and media, and Beidler argues that these portrayals in turn shift the perception of war from a savage truth to a concept.
Beautiful War argues that the representation of war in the arts has always been, and continues to be, an incredibly powerful force. Incorporating painting, music, photography, literature, and film, Beidler traces a disturbing but fundamental truth: that war has always provided an aesthetic inspiration while serving ends as various and complex as ideological or geopolitical history, public memory, and mass entertainment.
This collection will easily find its place on the shelves of veterans, historians, students of art history and communication studies, and those interested in expanding their understanding of art and media’s influence on contemporary values and memories of the past.
Number of Pages: 182
Genre: Literary Criticism, History, Art
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
Author: Philip D. Beidler
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2016
TCIN: 52149297
UPC: 9780817319304
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-5000
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