Myth, Nationalism and Embodiment in <i>American Document</i>

Mark Franko

in Martha Graham in Love and War

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777662
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950119 | DOI:
                   Myth, Nationalism and Embodiment in American Document

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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

Chapter.  12248 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance ; American Music

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