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Editorial Reviews


"What Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory did for literature, David Lubin's Grand Illusions does for the painting, photography, sculpture, and film inspired by the First World War. Astutely guiding his readers through the treacherous landscape where stubborn romantic myths befog the ghastly realities of modern warfare, Lubin powerfully demonstrates the Great War's lasting legacy in all the visual arts." -- David M. Kennedy, author of Over Here: The First World War and American Society

"A fascinating, richly illustrated examination of how this supposedly 'forgotten' war figured in the American imagination." -- David Reynolds, author of The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century

"Grand Illusions is a remarkable work of scholarship and cultural criticism. The huge amount of material Lubin has gathered makes absolutely clear the widespread and profound effect World War I had on those who created masses of art about it. Considered as a whole, Grand Illusions may come close to being the definitive study of America's myriad 'Illusions' about the Great War. Many others have addressed the topic, but no one does it better than Lubin in this fine volume." -- Townsend Ludington, author of Marsden Hartley: The Biography of an American Artist

"The deep shadow the First World War cast on American painting, film, and letters is the subject of David M. Lubin's impressive book. Demolishing the outmoded idea that the war of 1914-18 vanished from the American scene after 1918, the author offers us a wide-ranging study of both the visible and the underground traces war leaves in its wake." -- Jay Winter, author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History

"The most thoughtful and imaginative book ever written about the art of the First World War." -- Alexander Nemerov, author of Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s

"The literature of American art history and popular culture is
much enriched by Lubin's thoughtful work." -- Booklist

"Grand Illusions would be a valuable addition to any library with an interest in American art or popular culture, offering a stimulating narrative of World War I's lasting influence on visual culture. Lubin's inclusion of visual culture examples falling outside of the traditional fine arts makes this book particularly appealing and rich." -- ARLIS/NA Reviews

"...a sustained and meticulous examination of the various impulses that shaped the US's diverse visual promotion and interpretation of WW I. Focusing on the period from 1914-33, Lubin provides a comprehensive examination of almost every mode of visual representation--paintings, posters, sculpture, films, even animated films--and the men and women who created them...Noting racial, sexual, and gender themes, Lubin demonstrates a profoundly distinctive talent for establishing the historical context and the intellectual, political, and social antecedents of the works. Beautifully illustrated and including extensive chapter notes, the volume is encyclopedic in the scope of subjects and themes it examines in the pursuit of understanding the visual rhetoric that portrayed and supported the war. No student of the cultural, intellectual, and artistic history of WW I and its aftermath can ignore this perceptive, engaging analysis." -- CHOICE

About the Author

David M. Lubin is the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University. A former critic for Rolling Stone, he is the author of several books including Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America (Yale UP, 1996), and Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images (University of California Press, 2003).

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  • File Size: 43668 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 6, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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