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Title :

Bodies of metal, shells of memory : 'trench art', and the Great War re-cycled

Author :
SAUNDERS, Nicholas J. ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
'Trench art' is the evocative but misleading term used to describe a wide variety of objects in various media made by soldiers, prisoners of war, and civilians during the First World War (1914-1918) and the succeeding inter-war period (1919-1939). The production of such objects appears as a widespread human response to the conditions of modern warfare, with examples coming from the Boer War and many if not most 20th-c. conflicts. This essay focuses on metal 'trench art' from the Western Front between 1914 and 1939. It offers an initial categorization of types, and explores their various symbolic dimensions as souvenirs and mementoes, objectifications of loss, war trophies, and as materializations of the relationships between object and maker, men and women, the warring nations, and the living and the dead. It is suggested that 'trench art' is an important and hitherto overlooked source for understanding the cultural memory of 20th-c. war. ;
Pagination/Size :
8 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Art ; Art du métal ; Artisanat de tranchées ; Chagrin ; Entre-deux-guerres (1919-1939) ; Front de l'Ouest ; Guerre mondiale (1914-1918) ; Mémoire ; Prisonniers ; Soldats ; Souvenir ; Trophée ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Art ; Grief ; Interwar period (1919-1939) ; Memory ; Metalwork ; Prisoners ; Soldiers ; Souvenirs ; Trench art ; Trophies ; Western Front ; World War (1914-1918) ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of material culture, 2000, 5, 1, Mar
INIST identifier :
24985992 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1359-1835 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Sage Publications, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;