2477 - Wearing Propaganda: Home Front Textiles in Japan, Britain, and the United States 1931-1945
Textiles are rarely thought of as vehicles for propaganda, but in wartime they have frequently served to carry expressions of patriotism, national unity, and support for military goals. These textiles, forgotten or unknown by many today but fashionable in their time, played just such a role in Japan, Britain, and the United States during the Asia-Pacific War/ World War II. These textiles, produced for civilian use and patterned with dynamic images of war, are subtly sophisticated, outrageously blatant, innocently playful, or painfully disturbing. They underscore civilian support for the war and serve as provocative graphic records of the culture of the time. The course includes an introduction to the Asia-Pacific War, visual presentation of themes and motifs seen in the textiles, and discussion of the conceptual and thematic propaganda differences of the three nations. We will also discuss how these striking textiles showed their effectiveness as carriers of propaganda. Lecture (plus Questions)
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