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Cover image of a student brochure that features a war propaganda poster.
January, 2023 Supplementary PDF (461.04 KB)

Constructing the Ideal Soldier

Nathan Savo '24, Class of 1954 Intern

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, 2023, 4 pages

Constructing the Ideal Soldier focuses on Mexico and the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, a period when visual artists constructed the image of the perfect service member as a very specific type of individual. Artists, generally male, often depicted the soldier figure as a heroic, patriotic, heterosexual man. This vision of the soldier has reinforced patriarchal and heteronormative values, as well as unquestioned nationalism.

Publication type: A Space for Dialogue Brochures

Publication subject: Mexico, Central, & South AmericaUnited States & Canada