Project Presentation: Case study of art and politics in the postwar period
I'm attaching a chapter excerpt from my dissertation to give you a sense of what I'm working on. It seems a bit long at 37 pages but you'll notice that the last 9 or 10 pages are endnotes, which you should feel free to ignore. There are also some pictures, which account for the largish file size. <!--break-->
The dissertation works chronologically, starting in the late 1950s and ending in the early 1970s. I am now in the process of trying to re-invent this project as a book, and I have some ideas about expanding this chapter and getting rid of other chapters. More on this during the presentation. Even though this project's periodization is later than the topic of our seminar, I think you'll see pretty clear connections in the discussion on art and politics as well as democracy. This particular chapter deals with a group of young artists who were minors during the war and, in the postwar period, were trying to piece together Germany's cultural heritage and what that meant for them as artists/intellectuals in West Germany.