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Modernism both influenced and was fascinated by the rhetorical and aesthetic manifestations of fascism. In examining how four artists and writers represented fascist leaders, Annalisa Zox-Weaver aims to achieve a more complex understanding of the modernist political imagination. She examines how photographer Lee Miller, filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, writer Gertrude Stein and journalist Janet Flanner interpret, dramatize and exploit Hitler, Göring and Pétain. Within their own artistic medium, each of these modernists explore confrontations between private and public identity, and historical narrative and the construction of myth. This study makes use of extensive archival material, such as letters, photographs, journals, unpublished manuscripts and ephemera and includes ten illustrations. This interdisciplinary perspective opens up wider discussions of the relationship between artists and dictators, modernism and fascism, and authority and representation.Read more
- Offers new view of modernism's relationship to its own fraught political and historical moment
- Makes substantial use of archival material, such as notebooks, letters, photographs, journals, unpublished manuscripts and ephemera
- Focuses on Gertrude Stein, Leni Riefenstahl, Lee Miller and Janet Flanner
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- Date Published: October 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107008526
- length: 246 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.53kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. In her image: Leni Riefenstahl's cinematic Hitler
2. Stein's secret sharers: great men and modernist authority
3. 'A face inappropriate to fame': Janet Flanner, the 'Fuhrer' profiles, and the image of the fascist leader
4. Berchtesgaden is burning: Lee Miller, iconicity, and the demise of the Nazi leader
Conclusion: from monster to muse
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