Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America's First World War

Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America's First World War

by David M. Lubin

Hardcover(First Edition)

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Flags and Faces, based on David Lubin’s 2008 Franklin D. Murphy Lectures at the University of Kansas, shows how American artists, photographers, and graphic designers helped shape public perceptions about World War I.
In the book’s first section, “Art for War’s Sake,” Lubin considers how flag-based patriotic imagery prompted Americans to intervene in Europe in 1917. Trading on current anxieties about class, gender, and nationhood, American visual culture made war with Germany seem inevitable. The second section, “Fixing Faces,” contemplates the corrosive effects of the war on soldiers who literally lost their faces on the battlefield, and on their families back home. Unable to endure distasteful reminders of war’s brutality, postwar Americans grew obsessed with physical beauty, as seen in the simultaneous rise of cosmetic surgery, the makeup industry, beauty pageants, and the cult of screen goddesses such as Greta Garbo, who was worshipped for the masklike perfection of her face. Engaging, provocative, and filled with arresting and at times disturbing illustrations, Flags and Faces offers striking new insights into American art and visual culture from 1915 to 1930.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520283633
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/21/2015
Series: Franklin D. Murphy Lectures , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David M. Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, teaches art history, film studies, and popular culture. His books include Act of Portrayal, Picturing a Nation, the BFI monograph Titanic, and Shooting Kennedy, which received the Smithsonian
Institution's Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in American art.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Art for War’s Sake
2. Fixing Faces
List of Illustrations


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