The Arts and Society Term Paper by Nicky

A look at how the arts impact and reflect society.
# 151404 | 4,329 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Art (Photography)

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This paper analyzes the interplay between society and the arts, tracing historic events to show this relationship. Additionally, the paper explores how the "self" is represented in arts and theater, particularly over the last century. This includes a discussion about how homosexuality and cross-dressing are represented in the arts such as photography and theater. Various photographs are included in the paper to demonstrate the work of Cecil Beaton. The paper also examines at length Beaton's work and his emotional life. The paper concludes by noting the timeless nature of Beaton's contribution to photography.

From the Paper:

"At the end of the war, the avant garde resumed what was, before the war, just beginning to take shape as an era of personal and artistic expression of modernism unlike that which had ever been seen before. The advertising industry became the vehicle for modernists' expression, utilizing the illustration to go beyond the advertising statements of "reason-why copy," appealing to the emotional aspects of consumer perception. There was energy and excitement in the world of advertising, art, high fashion, literature, and film. The momentum was fast, and the ideas flowed, crossing genres, and the result was a newfound appreciation for form, texture, movement, and the creation of not just merchandise or art, but a visual emotional experience. What was begun in the pre-World War I era, was briefly interrupted by the war, resumed with not just an eagerness, but a hunger to express Self (Taylor, Charles, 1992) and is defined by Other. What had been censored in Paris during the war now burst like a dam of creative design and ideas that created an expanding stage upon which the creators played out their innermost private turmoil, and outermost public goals and ambitions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Annan, Noel, The Dons: Mentors, Eccentrics, and Geniuses, (Chicago: Illinois, University of Chicago Press, 2001)
  • Berzoff, Joan, Flanagan, Laura Melano, and Hertz, Patricia, Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Practice and Psychopathology in Multicultural Contexts, (Jason Aronson, 2007)
  • Bullough, Bonnie, Cross Dressing, Sex, and Gender, (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993)
  • Halloway, David and Beck, John (Eds.), American Visual Cultures, McComb, Don, The Avant-Garde and the Market: Debating Modernism: Art and American Advertising in the 1920s, Continuum International Publishing Group (London: England 2005)
  • Lacan, Jacques, Some reflections on the Ego (1953), quoted in Dylan Evans, An Introductory Dictionary of Laconian Psychoanalysis (London: Routledge, 1996)

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