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date: 22 January 2020

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The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures expands and enriches the field of Visual Culture Studies primarily through its global scope—a result of the project’s focus on communist visual cultures, which brings together disparate and broadly understood visual texts, produced in different places and moments in time—nevertheless, texts connected by the mobilization of looking employed in processes of social transformation and political action. Interdisciplinary in method, the book allows the reader to think about visual culture beyond representation, as something embedded in everyday life, a rich fabric of visual communication with specific, collective and individual, sites of meaning. Ultimately, the coming together of different fields of visual culture in this book will facilitate a rethinking of the visual within particular disciplines, lifting the conceptual restrictions imposed by ideas related to taste, function, visibility, dissemination, and appropriation, which are used to stake out disciplinary boundaries.

Keywords: communist visual culture, materialism, Marxism, utopia, futurism, social justice

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