Picture This : World War I Posters and Visual Culture

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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The First World War was waged through the participation not just of soldiers but of men, women, and children on the home front. Mass-produced, full-color, large-format war posters were both a sign and an instrument of this historic shift in warfare. War posters celebrated, in both their form and content, the modernity of the conflict. They also reached an enormous international audience through their prominent display and continual reproduction in pamphlets and magazines in every combatant nation, uniting diverse populations as viewers of the same image, and bringing them closer, in an imaginary and powerful way, to the war. Most war posters were aimed particularly at civilian populations. Posters nationalized, mobilized, and modernized those populations, thereby influencing how they viewed themselves and their activities. The home-front lifefactory work, agricultural work, domestic work, the consumption and conservation of goods, as well as various forms of leisurebecame, through the viewing of posters, emblematic of national identity and of each citizen's place within the collective effort to win the war. Essays by Jay Winter, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Jennifer D. Keene, and others reveal the centrality of visual media, particularly the poster, during World War I. Ultimately, posters were not merely representations of popular understanding of the war, but instruments influencing the reach, meaning, and memory of the war in subtle and pervasive ways.

Author Biography

Pearl James is an assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky. 
Contributors: Meg Albrinck, Richard S. Fogarty, Stefan Goebel, Nicoletta F. Gullace, Pearl James, Jakub Kazecki, Jennifer D. Keene, John M. Kinder, Mark Levitch, Jason Lieblang, Andrew Nedd, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, and Jay Winter.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Reading World War I Postersp. 1
Imaginings of War: Posters and the Shadow of the Lost Generationp. 37
War Poster Campaigns and Images, Comparative Readings
Barbaric Anti-Modernism: Representations of the "Hun" in Britain, North America, Australia, and Beyondp. 61
Chivalrous Knights versus Iron Warriors: Representations of the Battle of Materiel and Slaughter in Britain and Germany, I914-194Op. 79
Regression versus Progression: Fundamental Differences in German and American Posters of the First World Warp. 111
Envisioning the Nation and Imagining National Aesthetics
Young Blood: Parisian Schoolgirls' Transformation of France's Great War Poster Aestheticp. 145
Race and Empire in French Posters of the Great Warp. 172
Images of Racial Pride: African American Propaganda Posters in the First World Warp. 207
Segodniashnii Lubok: Art, War, and National Identityp. 241
Figuring the Body in the Context of War
Images of Femininity in American World War I Postersp. 273
Humanitarians and He-Men: Recruitment Posters and die Masculine Idealp. 312
Iconography of Injury: Encountering the Wounded Soldier's Body in American Poster Art and Photography of World War Ip. 340
Epiloguep. 369
Selected Bibliographyp. 377
Contributorsp. 383
Indexp. 387
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