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COLD WAR MODERNISTS: ART, LITERATURE AND AMERICAN CULTURAL DIPLOMACY. Greg Barnhisel. Columbia University Press, New York, 2015. 336 pp. with 24 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-17122 ISBN 9780231162302 In English.
Publisher's description: Through magazines, traveling art exhibits, touring musical shows, radio programs, book translations, and conferences, American diplomats, as well as writers, editors, publishers, and curators, deployed the aesthetics of modernism to prove -- particularly to the European leftists whose Cold War loyalties they hoped to secure -- that American art and literature were culturally rich and politically significant. Cold War Modernists documents how the CIA, the State Department, and private cultural diplomats transformed modernist art and literature into pro-Western propaganda during the Cold War. Drawing on interviews and the stories of such figures and institutions as William Faulkner, Stephen Spender, Irving Kristol, James Laughlin, and the Voice of America, Barnhisel documents how the U.S. government reconfigured modernism as a joint endeavor between American and European artists, with profound implications.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 163359
Hardcover $40.00    

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