Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

479

Date

2011

Date of Award

12-5-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

History

Committee Chair

Catherine Phipps

Committee Member

Andrei Znamenski

Committee Member

Daniel Unowsky

Abstract

The rise of Marxist regimes altered the stylistic course and purpose of art. Although a new style, Socialist Realism, was formed to reflect communism's visual intentions, this style borrowed and adapted older artistic traditions to increase the reception and understanding of new communist ideologies. The artistic blend of old and new also reflected a trend within communist leadership; Stalin and Mao particularly came to resemble powerful monarchs of the previous imperial eras. Although greatly influenced by Maoist thought, the Khmer Rouge communist regime contrasts both the Chinese and Soviet model by producing an extremely low amount of art and shrouding its leadership with secrecy. Contemporary art produced after communist decline or demise reflects a collective loss of identity coupled with new ironic visions of a societal utopia.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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