|Title of host publication
|Encyclopedia of Heroism Studies
|Scott T Allison, James K Beggan, George R Goethals
|Place of Publication
|Number of pages
|Published - Nov 2023
Art and heroism have an ambivalent, and sometimes uncomfortable, relationship. From one perspective, art provides a platform to record and celebrate heroes and acts of heroism, whether enacted by ordinary people living in extraordinary times, or the socially acknowledged and invariably male “heroes”: gods, princes, and warriors. From another perspective, art provides a platform to critique hegemonic discourses, contemporary society values, and unexamined social values. Art is therefore as likely to celebrate power and the status quo as it is to be iconoclastic, puncturing established ways of seeing the world, and representing anti-heroes and ordinary people living ordinary lives.