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ART AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. James A. Davis. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. An Ashgate Book. 252 pp. ISBN 9781472454515 In English.
Due date: December 2016. Publisher's description: In 1864, Union soldier Charles George described a charge into battle by General Phil Sheridan: "Such a picture of earnestness and determination I never saw as he showed as he came in sight of the battle field -- What a scene for a painter!" These words proved prophetic, as Sheridan's desperate ride provided the subject for numerous paintings and etchings as well as songs and poetry. George was not alone in thinking of art in the midst of combat; the significance of the issues under contention, the brutal intensity of the fighting, and the staggering numbers of casualties combined to form a tragedy so profound that some could not help but view it through an aesthetic lens, to see the war as a "concert of death." It is hardly surprising that art influenced the perception and interpretation of the war given the intrinsic role that the arts played in the lives of antebellum Americans. Nor is it surprising that literature, music, and the visual arts were permanently altered by such an emotional and material catastrophe. In Art and the American Civil War an interdisciplinary team of scholars explore the way the arts - theatre, music, fiction, poetry, painting, architecture and dance - were influenced by the war, as well as the unique ways that art functioned during and immediately following the war.
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Worldwide Number: 172215
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