A few days back, Nina Khrushcheva (teacher of international affairs at New School University in New York and great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev) wrote an article in The Financial Times in which she laid out how art and culture portrays the political reality more readily and accurately than anything else.
Her case is Russia, but we might look towards the more familiar US as an example. After the stockmarket crash of 1929, the more upbeat genres that produced Gentlemen prefer blondes and The Private Life of Cleopatra (though initially published in 1930, it was the product of an earlier age), gave way to the more fearful styles of Detective novels, King Kong and the reproduction of The War of the Worlds. Projecting forwards, before and in the initial stages of the Iraq war we had such imperialistic and triumphalist works as Troy, Alexander and Kingdom of Heaven. However, in the more recent music releases, as the war has soured, I have heard about three songs concerning the Vietnam war- whether it be about the draft, death or injury sustained therein.
Indeed, the most politically exciting years in Irish History of late- pivoting around the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth century- were the same years that produced Wilde's, Joyce's, Yeats' (JB & WB), Shaw's, O'Casey's, Clarke's and etc.'s most exciting works.
Do people think there is a genuine connection, and if so what might we see perceive of politics today?