The Arts in the West since 1945

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The "Arts" hold a revered and respected place within modern Western society--but what exactly defines "culture"? What gives it this enigmatic status? What influences its composition and propagation? What controls and limitations is it subject to? And what can it achieve within our world?
Arthur Marwick tackles these issues head on, with a detailed and eclectic account of the arts in the West since the Second World War. He looks at the full range of possible candidates for the ...
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Overview


The "Arts" hold a revered and respected place within modern Western society--but what exactly defines "culture"? What gives it this enigmatic status? What influences its composition and propagation? What controls and limitations is it subject to? And what can it achieve within our world?
Arthur Marwick tackles these issues head on, with a detailed and eclectic account of the arts in the West since the Second World War. He looks at the full range of possible candidates for the category of "art", from both high and popular culture: from literature to pulp fiction, from art-house cinema to soap-opera, art music to rock and pop. The book also looks at the fascinating diversity of twentieth-century art in the context of the social, technological, and political events, movements, and developments that have shaped our history--such as the holocaust, television, and feminism. Marwick examines how these factors have affected the cultural output of Western society since 1945, and in turn how art has fed back its own agenda and priorities into society.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780192892669
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Arthur Marwick was appointed founding Professor of History at the Open University in 1969, and founded the Sixtes Research Group.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Assumptions, Themes, Contexts 1
Pt. 1 The Aftermath of War, 1945-1957
1 Ascendant America and Eternal Paris 29
2 The Disasters of War and their Repercussions 62
3 Home Entertainment at the Touch of a Switch 81
Pt. 2 The Cultural Revolution and After, 1958-1979
4 Permissiveness, Censorship, Feminism 103
5 The Rock Revolution and the Influence of Youth 136
6 Structuralism and After 179
7 The Elite Arts 192
Pt. 3 German Metamorphosis and Global Capitalism, 1980-2000
8 Past and Present: Sociology and Philosophy 225
9 The Real Postmodernism? 263
10 King Video, Shockers, and Super-Thrillers 290
Conclusion: Conflicts and Contradictions 327
Notes 331
Further Reading 331
Appendix of Websites 349
Index 351
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