Kerby, Martin and Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (2019) Conclusion. In: The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 575-576. ISBN 978-3-319-96985-5


The conclusion draws together the seemingly disparate threads explored in the handbook’s 30 chapters. Using the recent decision to ban 'symbols of death' in the Australian Army, the chapter emphasizes the capacity of artistic responses to conflict to communicate an understanding of what might otherwise defy more literal understandings. The decision to cover the tapestry of Picasso’s Guernica when Colin Powell was justifying an invasion of Iraq is offered as the supreme example of the power of the arts to transcend context and to speak to the heart of the human experience. That is why it is both valued … and feared.

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Additional Information: c. The Editors and The Authors 2019.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 04:41
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Army, Iraq, Guernica, Picasso, power of the arts, symbols of death
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96986-2

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