Caught by Politics: Hitler Exiles and American Visual Culture

TitleCaught by Politics: Hitler Exiles and American Visual Culture
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsEckmann, Sabine, and Lutz P. Koepnick
Number of Pages269
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityNew York

Caught by Politics recalls the exile of German and European visual artists and film practitioners in the United States. The book traces the paths and aesthetic strategies of Hitler exiles in the United States as ones of productive encounters and ironic cultural masquerades. While stressing creative transformations and performative self-reinventions, the accounts don't ignore the hardship of forced displacement. Caught by Politics encourages the reader to revise dominant and one-sided understandings of modernist culture and instead to engage with the various cross-cultural dialogues between European and American artists.

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