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Forthcoming publication: The Eye on War

Murray-Eye on War-front coverConstructing the Memory of War in Visual Culture since 1914: The Eye on War (Routledge, 2017)

This collection offers a transnational, interdisciplinary approach to the impact of war on visual media from the outbreak of World War I to the present, examining a diverse range of visual material which reflect the heterogeneity of experiences and perspectives that have characterised artistic responses to war in the past century. It aims to contribute in a meaningful manner to the growing discourse on the memorialisation of war in art by exploring works that have resulted from an environment of war and across a broad range of twentieth century conflicts.

With a foreword by Dr Laura Brandon, CM, PhD, Adjunct Professor, former Historian, Art and War, Canadian War Museum, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa.

The collection comprises twenty chapters in four thematic parts: 

Part 1: Home Front
Chapter 1
‘Picturing’ World War I: German War Bond Posters and the Modern Public
Claire Whitner
Chapter 2
‘Our lovely countryside’. Capturing the Image of Britain at War in Commercial Advertising, 1939–1945
David Clampin
Chapter 3
Picturing War’s Affects on the Home Front during the First World War
Catherine Speck
Chapter 4
America’s Forgotten Soldier Art: The World War Two Camp Art
Peter Harrington
Chapter 5
Official Art of World War II by British Women Artists: Directing the Gaze
Elizabeth de Cacqueray
Part II: Art, Activism and Resistance
Chapter 6
Strategies of Liberation: Jean Dubuffet’s Métro Series
Caroline Perrett
Chapter 7
Laughter at war
Anna Markowska
Chapter 8
Another Egyptian Revolution: Khayamiyaas War Art
Sam Bowker
Chapter 9
Art and Conflict Resolution: Bloody Sunday, Northern Ireland
Maebh O’Regan
Chapter 10
Terms of Engagement: Critical Reflections in Contemporary Canadian War Art
Christine Conley
Part III: Traumatic Memory and Victimhood
Chapter 11
Kārlis Padegs’ Red Laugh – the High Song of Insanity
Jānis Kalnačs
Chapter 12
Vietnam: Memory of Desecration in Brian dePalma’s Casualties of War
Nanette Norris
Chapter 13
The Soldier’s Diary: A Record of Erased Time
Agne Narušytė
Chapter 14
The Fakhouri File: Traumatic Memory in the work of Walid Raad
Anna Rådström
Chapter 15
Polyrhythmics and Migrating Voices
Leonida Kovač
Part IV: Collective Memory and Commemoration
Chapter 16
A Paroxysm of Battle Painting: Adriano de Sousa Lopes and the Great War
Carlos Silveira
Chapter 17
Let There be No More War: Jack B. Yeats’s Grief in Context
Elizabeth Ansel
Chapter 18
Remembering Port-Said 1956: Images of Popular Resistance in Egyptian Documentaries
Rania Abdelrahman
Chapter 19
Visualising an ‘Orphaned’ Nation: Orphan Photographs of the Korean War in Visual Culture
Jung Joon Lee
Chapter 20
A Lost State of Plenitude: Commemorating the Homeland War in Public Spaces in Croatia
Sandra Križić Roban
This collection has been kindly supported by a publication grant from the National University of Ireland and by the Dept of History of Art, University College Cork.
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