Analog Fictions for the Digital Age: Literary Realism and Photographic Discourses in Novels After 2000

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Camden House, 2012 - Literary Collections - 239 pages
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Both realist, post-postmodernist aesthetics in the twenty-first century and the legacy of analog photography in its recent digital incarnation depend on an aesthetics of trust and a sense of contingent referentiality. Julia Breitbach's innovative study demonstrates how current photographic discourse may be used as an illuminating critical idiom for the analysis of recent forms of literary realism, thus proposing a photographic hermeneutics for the study of literature. Along with a thorough critical investigation of both fields, Breitbach offers a pioneering theoretical exploration of analog and digital photography based on recent "thing theory," which she then applies to in-depth analyses of realist aesthetics in selected post-millennial novels by Don DeLillo, Michael Ondaatje, and Ali Smith, yielding fresh perspectives on the remediation between photography and literature in the twenty-first century. An original contribution to the study of contemporary Anglophone literatures with an interdisciplinary appeal, this study will be of interest especially to scholars and students in Anglophone literary studies, comparative literature, cultural studies, and media studies. Julia Breitbach is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Konstanz, Germany.
 

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Contents

Photography in the Digital Age
29
This Thing in the Text Photography Thing Theory
48
Liminal Realism Don DeLillo The BodyArtist 2001
72
Domestic Realism Ali Smith The Accidental 2005
115
Poetic Realism Michael Ondaatje Divisadero 2007
163
Conclusion The Way We Write Now
206
Works Cited
213
Index
233
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