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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

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

Mark Franko

Oxford University Press

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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