Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts

June 28, 2016|
Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts by Pamela M. Potter
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This provocative study asks why we have held on to vivid images of the Nazis’ total control of the visual and performing arts, even though research has shown that many artists and their works thrived under Hitler. To answer this question, Pamela M. Potter investigates how historians since 1945 have written about music, art, architecture, theater, film, and dance in Nazi Germany and how their accounts have been colored by politics of the Cold War, the fall of communism, and the wish to preserve the idea that true art and politics cannot mix. Potter maintains that although the persecution of Jewish artists and other “enemies of the state” was a high priority for the Third Reich, removing them from German cultural life did not eradicate their artistic legacies. Art of Suppression examines the cultural histories of Nazi Germany to help us understand how the circumstances of exile, the Allied occupation, the Cold War, and the complex meanings of modernism have sustained a distorted and problematic characterization of cultural life during the Third Reich.
Pamela M. Potter is Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of Most German of the Arts: Musicology and Society from the Weimar Republic to the End of Hitler’s Reich, and coeditor of Music and German National Identity.
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Title:Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:408 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.1 in
Shipping dimensions:408 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.1 in
Published:June 28, 2016
Publisher:University of California Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780520282346

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