The Aesthetics of Loss: German Womens Art of the First World War

Hardcover | December 12, 2013

byClaudia Siebrecht

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The Aesthetics of Loss is a cultural history of German women's art of the First World War that locates the artists' rich visual testimony in the context of the civilian experience of war and wartime loss. Drawing on a fascinating body of visual sources produced throughout the war years,Claudia Siebrecht examines the thematic evolution of women's art from expressions of support for the war effort to more nuanced and ambivalent testimonies of loss and grief. Many of the images are stark woodcuts, linocuts, and lithographs of great iconographical power that acted as narrative toolsto deal with the novel, unsettling, and often traumatic experience of war. German female artists developed a unique aesthetic response to the conflict that both expressed emotional distress and allowed them to re-imagine the place of mourning women in wartime society. Historical codes of wartime behaviour and traditional rites of public mourning led female artists toredefine cultural practices of bereavement, question existing notions of heroic death and proud bereavement through art, and to place grief at the centre of women's war experiences. As a cultural, aesthetic, and thematic point of reference, German women's art of the First World War has had afundamental influence on the European memory and understanding of modern war.

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The Aesthetics of Loss is a cultural history of German women's art of the First World War that locates the artists' rich visual testimony in the context of the civilian experience of war and wartime loss. Drawing on a fascinating body of visual sources produced throughout the war years,Claudia Siebrecht examines the thematic evolution ...

Dr Claudia Siebrecht is a lecturer in modern European History at the University of Sussex.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199656681

ISBN - 13:9780199656684

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Table of Contents

Introduction: War Experience, Visual Narrative, and Identity1. Female Artists and Cultural Mobilisation for War2. The Toll of the Long War3. Art and Grief4. Mourning Mothers5. Resurrection, Rebirth, and the Limits of Sacrificial IdeologiesConclusionAppendix I: Statistical OverviewAppendix II: Short BiographiesSources and BibliographyIndex