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Visions of the Human: Art, World War One and the Modernist Subject

Visions of the Human: Art, World War One and the Modernist Subject
Tom Slevin

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In what ways do the artistic avant-garde's representations of the human body reflect the catastrophe of World War I? The European modernists were inspired by developments in the nineteenth-century, yielding new forms of knowledge about the nature of reality and repositioning the human body as the new 'object' of knowledge. New 'visions' of the human subject were created within this transformation. However, modernity's reactionary political climate - for which World War I provided a catalyst - transformed a once liberal ideal between humanity, environment, and technology, into a tool of disciplinary rationalisation. Visions of the Human considers the consequences of this historical moment for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It explores the ways in which the 'technologies of the self' that inspired the avant-garde were increasingly instrumentalised by conservative politics, urbanism, consumer capitalism and the society of 'the spectacle'. This is an engaging and powerful study which challenges prior ideas and explores new ways of thinking about modern visual culture.

Author Info

Tom Slevin is Critical Theory Programme Leader and Lecturer in Cultural and Contextual Studies at the University of Creative Arts, Kent, UK. He is also Lecturer in Photography at Southampton Solent University.


'Visions of the Human provides a cogent and compelling reappraisal of the imagination and experience of the body under the extreme historical pressures of world war and industrial modernity'
Dr. Christopher Townsend, Royal Holloway, University of London

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780766317
Publication Date: 29 May 2015
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 5 bw integrated

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