Fri, February 9, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206
Cecil Beaton's photography during the Second World War is often presented as a repudiation of the privileged and glamorous world, which he had chronicled in the 1930s, in favor of a celebration of the courage and sacrifice of ordinary soldiers and civilians. In reality, the popularity of Beaton's work between 1939 and 1945 represents the continued significance of flamboyantly elitist, individualistic, and imperialist sensibilities uneasily coexisting with the democratic impulses of wartime popuMartin Francis is the Henry R. Winkler Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Cincinnati. He has published widely on the history of politics and gender in modern Britain. His forthcoming book is titled The Flyer in Love and War: Men of the Royal Air Force and British Culture, 1939-1945.