Photographs, Histories, and Meanings

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Jeanne Perreault, Marlene Kadar, Linda Warley
Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 15, 2009 - History - 272 pages
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Photographs have shaped public perception and social meaning for the last one hundred and fifty years or more. This collection reexamines photographs and their social history, exploring the ideological, ethical, political, and aesthetic forces that inflect interpretation. The authors here trace shifting historical contexts, intentional or accidental interpretive distortions, and ambiguous and multiple meanings. Collectively, they seek to know how images can be believed, given our awareness of the uncertainty of meaning. The contributors in this collection believe the histories they convey are the stories of our lives. To know the photographs is to know ourselves—with all our ambiguities, distortions, and complexities on display.

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Marlene Kadar is Professor in Humanities and Women’s Studies and former Director of the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the Editor of the Life Writing Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press, and Literary Editor of Canadian Woman Studies. Previous works include the reader Reading Life Writing and the award-winning collection Essays on Life Writing. She co-edited Tracing the Autobiographical with Jeanne Perreault, Linda Warley, and Susanna Egan.

Jeanne Perreault is Professor in the Department of English, University of Calgary, Canada. Previous works include Writing Selves: Contemporary Feminist Autography, as well as the coedited collections Tracing the Autobiographical and Writing the Circle: Native Women of Western Canada, An Anthology.

Linda Warley is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is co-editor of Tracing the Autobiographical with Jeanne Perreault, Marlene Kadar, and Susanna Egan.

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