American Visual Cultures

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American Visual Cultures analyses the role of painting, photography, film, television, advertising, jourbanalism 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.

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Overview

American Visual Cultures analyses the role of painting, photography, film, television, advertising, jourbanalism 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780826464842
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

David Holloway is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Derby.

John Beck is Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle.

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Table of Contents

General introduction : towards a social theory of American visual cultures 1
Pt. 1 1861-1929
Introduction to part 1 13
Manifest destiny and visual culture : photographing American Indians : repression and revision 21
Visualizing women in the civil war : unsexed amazons and desperadoes : imaging public war women and imagining female warriors in the American civil war 31
Renegotiating masculinity after the civil war : absent fathers and women with beards : religion and gender in popular imagery of the nineteenth century 39
Visualizing 'America' as 'progress' at the end of the western frontier : painting the nation : American art at the White City 48
Alternative racial gazes in American silent cinema : visualizing racial politics in the films of D. W. Griffith and Oscar Micheaux 56
Visualizing dissent in World War 1 : modernism, and the end of 'liberal' progressivism, in art from the masses (1911-1917) 63
The avant-garde and the market : debating modernism : art and American advertising in the 1920s 73
Pt. 2 1929-1963
Introduction of part 2 83
The New Deal and film : debating the New Deal : Gold diggers of 1933 and My man Godfrey 89
Painting and the new deal : art and work on the WPA 98
The new deal and photography : liberal documentary goes to school : farm security administration photographs of students, teachers and schools 107
Supporting dictatorship in World War 2 news : 'flash from Brazil' - 1940s' newsreels present Latin America 116
The emergence of TV as a new mass medium : the birth of American televisual spectatorship 125
Negotiating the Cold War in film : the other side of Hollywood's cold war : images of dissent in the 1950s 133
Cold war 'containment culture' and photography : Robert Frank's The Americans and the 1950s 142
Reading abstract expressionist art : aesthetics, politics and 'cultural theory' : Barnet Newman's utopian painting 150
Pt. 3 1963-1980
Introduction of part 3 161
Visualizing political struggle : civil rights-era photography 166
Towards postmodernism : post-World War 2 photography in America : from committed to solipsistic art 174
Visual violence in history and art : Zapruder, Warhol, and the accident of images 183
New modes of dissent in art of the 1960s and 1970s : visual culture and strategies of resistance : from Semina to Heresies 190
Photographing the Vietnam war : democratic accountability and liberal representation in American iconic photography : the image of 'accidental napalm' 199
'Commodity feminism' in 1960s' visual culture : sex, style and single girls 209
New genre forms in 'New Hollywood' film : partly truth and partly fiction : the western, the city movie and the American 1970s 216
Pt. 4 1980-2001
Introduction of part 4 227
Marketing 'post-Fordism' : advertising the global economy 232
Commodifying Latin American in NAFTA-era film : the world according to Miramax : chocolate, poetry and neoliberal aesthetics 241
Visualizing 'memory' in the age of global capital : a taste for black and white : visuality, digital culture and the anxieties of the global 249
Remembering Vietnam in the 1980s : white skin, white masks : Vietnam war films and the racialized gaze 257
'Queer' photography and the 'culture wars' : Robert Mapplethorpe's queer aesthetic of the pair 265
Transnationalism in contemporary African American photography : memory, history and 'universal' narrative in the work of Carrie Mae Weems 274
Anthropology at the movies : Jerry Maguire as 'expeditionary discourse' 284
Negotiating feminism in contemporary TV : 'what's sex got to do with it?' : signifying post-feminism in Sex and the city 291
Constructing history in TV news from Clinton to 9/11 : flashframes of history - American visual memories 299
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