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Provoking Democracy makes an exciting and compelling new argument: that democracies require art - challenging art - to ensure that they are acting as free societies. In the twentieth century, democratic societies turned to dissenting and unpopular artists such as Jackson Pollock, Bertolt Brecht, D. H. Lawrence, and 2 Live Crew to prove their commitment to freedom from majority rule. Author Caroline Levine shows how artists in the tradition of the avant-garde may once again prove to be effective catalysts for contemporary change.

Moving beyond debates over obscenity, public funding, and censorship, Provoking Democracy gets at art’s value and purpose in democratic societies, concluding that the most rebellious artists need the protection of the democratic state, just as the freest and fairest democracies need the provocations of art.

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Artists themselves now declare that the avant-garde is passe, the age of artistic challenge to the mainstream is over, but Levine (English, U. of Wisconsin-Madison) disagrees. Though the historical avant-garde movement may be gone, she argues, its logic emerges again and again in the public sphere to be condemned (as she has done) as elitist and anti-democratic, but as necessary to the health and survival as ever. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A provocative and compelling book that explores the complex relationship between democracy and avant-garde art, offering a surprising new perspective on the critical role that the arts play in democratic governance at home and abroad.

Synopsis:

A provocative and compelling book that explores the complex relationship between democracy and avant-garde art, offering a surprising new perspective on the critical role that the arts play in democratic governance at home and abroad.

  • Covers a broad range of topics, from disputes over public art, copyright, and obscenity, to the operations of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Cold War
  • Highlights detailed and at times shocking debates over the role of the rebellious artist within society

About the Author

Caroline Levine is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A specialist on relations between art and politics, she is author of The Serious Pleasures of Suspense, which won the Perkins Prize for the best contribution to narrative studies in 2004. She has co-edited three collections of essays, including a special issue of The Journal of Popular Culture on the politics of pleasurable reading, and has published articles on a range of writers and artists, including John Ruskin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Brontë, Andreas Gursky, and Richard Serra.

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Democracy Meets the Avant-Garde.

2. The People v. the Arts.

3. Propaganda for Democracy: The Avant-Garde Goes to War.

4. Obscenity and the Democratization of Culture.

5. Originality on Trial.

Conclusion: Artists, Academic Writing, and the Classroom.

Notes.

Index.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781405159265
Author:
Levine, Caroline
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art & Politics
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Arts and society
Subject:
Avant-garde (aesthetics)
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Democracy and the arts
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
LITERARY THEORY
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
236.2 x 160 x 25.4 mm 19 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A provocative and compelling book that explores the complex relationship between democracy and avant-garde art, offering a surprising new perspective on the critical role that the arts play in democratic governance at home and abroad.
"Synopsis" by , A provocative and compelling book that explores the complex relationship between democracy and avant-garde art, offering a surprising new perspective on the critical role that the arts play in democratic governance at home and abroad.

  • Covers a broad range of topics, from disputes over public art, copyright, and obscenity, to the operations of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Cold War
  • Highlights detailed and at times shocking debates over the role of the rebellious artist within society

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