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Robert Jay Lifton

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780807843444

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882894_lifton

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Creative Response: 2) Artistic Dilemmas

Creative Response: 2) Artistic Dilemmas

(p.451) Eleven Creative Response: 2) Artistic Dilemmas
Death in Life

Robert Jay Lifton

University of North Carolina Press

In this chapter, it is shown that the dramatic arts, in many ways, lend themselves particularly to the recreation of great historical events. As “performed literature,” drama can, at least ideally, supply vivid renditions of these events and at the same time build emotions around them that transform them into works of art. In relationship to the Abomb experience we shall see there to be a great gap between this potential and what has actually been achieved. At least two efforts, however, both of them on film, have made unique use of their medium in approach and impact. Other films, though less successful artistically, also teach us much.

Keywords:   dramatic arts, historical events, performed literature, works of art, Abomb experience

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