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The Arts in the West since 1945 By Arthur Marwick

The Arts in the West since 1945
by Arthur Marwick

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Examines how the 'arts' respond to, or react against historical developments, movements, and events. This work divides its analysis into three periods of study: War, Cold War, Recovery, and Affluence 1945-1957; the Cultural Revolution and After 1958-1979; and the Last Two Decades of the Century.
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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 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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About Arthur Marwick

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

Table of Contents

Introduction: Assumption, Themes Contexts; WAR, COLD WAR, RECOVERY, AND AFFLUENCE, 1945-1957; 1. Ascendant America, Eternal Paris, with Britain Somewhere Around; 2. The Disasters of War and their Repercussions; 3. Entertainment in the Home at the Touch of a Switch; 4. Permissiveness, Censorship, Feminism; THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION AND AFTER, 1958-1979; 5. The Rock Revolution and the Influence of Youth; 6. Structuralism and After; 7. The More Remote Sites of Change; 8. Past and Present: Social Observation and Philosophical Speculation; 9. The Real Postmodernism? Architecture, Music, Poetry; 10. King, Video, Shockers, and Super-Thrillers; Conclusion: Conflicts and Contradictions; Notes; Further Reading; Index

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The Arts in the West since 1945 by Arthur Marwick
Arthur Marwick
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