The Arts in the West since 1945

The Arts in the West since 1945

by Arthur Marwick
     
 


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…  See more details below

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192892669
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

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

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