Looking for America: The Visual Production of Nation and People / Edition 1

Looking for America: The Visual Production of Nation and People / Edition 1

by Ardis Cameron
     
 

This groundbreaking collection explores the role of the “visual” in shaping American identity: Introducing students to the visual in all its complexity and variety on the American scene – the language of signs, the historical construction and meaning of “types,” and the uses and politics of photography, film, bodily display, and

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This groundbreaking collection explores the role of the “visual” in shaping American identity: Introducing students to the visual in all its complexity and variety on the American scene – the language of signs, the historical construction and meaning of “types,” and the uses and politics of photography, film, bodily display, and documentaries – the volume underscores the productivity of the visual in thinking about race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and regionality. It clearly demonstrates that the ways in which people see and are seen determine who they are and how they see themselves as citizens and Americans.

An editorial introduction places the articles within a narrative structure that tells a collectivr tale of how experiment called "America" took on visual shape and meaning. Suggested readings, a primer on how to “read” an image, and a listing of visual archives and collections complete the volume, making this an indispensable text for those in American studies and related fields.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405114653
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Ardis Cameron is Professor of American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine. She is author of Radicals of the Worst Sort: The Laboring of Lawrence, 1860–1912 (1993). She received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for her work in progress, Tales of Peyton Place: The Biography of a Big Book.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. I1860-190015
1Sleuthing towards America : visual detection in everyday life17
2Cartes de Visite portrait photographs and the culture of class formation42
Pt. II1900-194059
3Photographing the "American Negro" : nation, race, and photography at the Paris Exposition of 190061
4Techniques of the imaginary nation : engendering family photography94
5Private eyes, public women : images of class and sex in the urban South, Atlanta, Georgia, 1913-1915118
6Margaret Bourke-White's red coat; or, slumming in the thirties149
Pt. III1940-2000171
7"The kind of people who make good Americans" : nationalism and Life's family ideal173
8Visual culture and working-class community : photography and the organizing of the Steelworkers' Union in Chicago212
9Sit-coms and suburbs : positioning the 1950s homemaker238
10The zoot-suit and style warfare264
11Looking Jewish, seeing Jews281
12The photograph as an intersection of gazes311
13When strangers bring cameras : the poetics and politics of othered places340
App. A"Reading the visual record"362
App. BList of visual archives371

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