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Martha Graham in Love and WarThe Life in the Work$
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Mark Franko

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777662.001.0001

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Myth, Nationalism and Embodiment in American Document

Myth, Nationalism and Embodiment in American Document

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(p.14) 1 Myth, Nationalism and Embodiment in American Document
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Martha Graham in Love and War
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Mark Franko

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777662.003.0001

This chapter studies Graham’s American Document (1938) in the light of her antifascist politics. It argues that Graham rejected myth in favor of utopia as a format within which to create a pro-democratic ballet with a critical popular front attitude. This chapter discusses the important new communication technologies in the ideological struggle between Fascism and democracy – esp. film and photography. It includes an analysis of Barbara Morgan’s photo documentation of American Document, called action photography.

Keywords:   myth, utopia, action photography, popular front, American Document

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