Photography and Literature in the Twentieth Century

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David Cunningham, Andrew Fisher, Sas Mays
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005 - Art - 207 pages
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Photography and Literature in the Twentieth-Century offers an accessible and fresh approach to an object of interdisciplinary research that is currently receiving increased international attention. Providing a broad historical schema, and examining pivotal moments within it, the collection brings together a range of writers and practitioners who help to guide the reader through a historical cross-section of current work in this area. Unlike most existing studies, this volume considers both key literary figures, from Proust to Sebald, and photographic practitioners, from Heartfield to Sekula, in order to give a commanding overview of its subject that is both well-informed and often ground-breaking. With original and accessible essays by acknowledged experts in the field, this is a book that should be of interest not only to students and teachers in departments of literature and photography, but also to those in cultural studies and art history, as well as photographic artists.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
FORGOTTEN CAMERAS AND UNKNOWN AUDIENCES PHOTOGRAPHY THE TIME MACHINE AND THE ATOM BOMB
11
BORED BY PHOTOGRAPHS PROUST IN VENICE
25
MEMORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY THE PHOTO ALBUMS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
42
BENJAMINS OPTIC THE WORLD AS IMAGE AND THING
52
PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE LITERARY CONDITIONS OF SURREALISM
67
ANSEL ADAMS THE GENDER POLITICS OF LITERARYPHILOSOPHICAL AND PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVES
87
ITS BEAUTIFUL VISUAL ENTIRETY KEROUACS INTRODUCTION TO FRANKS THE AMERICANS
109
SITUATIONIST RADICAL SUBJECTIVITY AND PHOTOGRAFFITI
123
BUDDHA BARTHES WHAT BARTHES SAW IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT HE DIDNT IN LITERATURE
145
ANTIMODERNISM AND NARRATIVITY IN THE WORK OF ALLAN SEKULA
160
WG SEBALD AND THE MODERN ART OF MEMORY
180
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
202
INDEX
205
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David Cunningham is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster and an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy. Andrew Fisher is an artist and writer who has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. He currently teaches in the Photography Department of Camberwell College of Arts. Sas Mays teaches aesthetics and critical theory at the University of Westminster. His research concerns the gender politics of the archive in contemporary aesthetics.

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