×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The Familial Gaze
     

The Familial Gaze

by Marianne Hirsch (Editor)
 

Since the introduction of the "Kodak" in 1888, the family photograph has become the family's primary instrument of self-knowledge and representation-the means by which family memory is continued and perpetuated. Such pictures tend to follow rigid conventions which seem to consolidate and perpetuate dominant familial myths and ideologies, supporting a

Overview

Since the introduction of the "Kodak" in 1888, the family photograph has become the family's primary instrument of self-knowledge and representation-the means by which family memory is continued and perpetuated. Such pictures tend to follow rigid conventions which seem to consolidate and perpetuate dominant familial myths and ideologies, supporting a self-representation of the family as stable and happy, static and monolithic. InThe Familial Gaze, 22 experts-some themselves photographers, while others are writers, critics, theorists and filmmakers-scrutinize family photographs to reveal their power to shape our personal memories and self-conceptions, and expose the cultural impact of private images. But these writers also show the often surprising and imaginative resistance of such photographs to social and aesthetic conventions. This startlingly original book reveals family photography to be a truly compelling and new field of inquiry. The result is a pathbreaking exploration of the centrality of the photographic image in contemporary visual aesthetics, and an analysis that will now stand at the forefront of contemporary cultural theory.

CONTRIBUTORS: Elizabeth Abel, Mieke Bal, Dick Blau, Ann Burlein, Albert Chong, Jane Gallop, Anne Higonnet, Marianne Hirsch, Annette Kuhn, Joanne Leonard, Andrea Liss, Deborah McDowell, Nancy Miller, Lorie Novak, Valerie Smith, Art Spiegelman, Leo Spitzer, Marita Sturken, Larry Sultan, Ernst van Alphen, Laura Wexler, Deborah Willis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874518955
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

Susan Rubin Suleiman
From photographer Larry Sultan's opening reflection on taking pictures of his parents to Anne Higonnet's closing discussion of 'maternal passion' in contemporary photographs of children, The Familial Gaze offers a rich and diverse set of views -- not only about photographs and families, but about social conventions and inequalities, the politics of race and class, and love in its multiple guises.

Meet the Author

MARIANNE HIRSCH is Professor of French and Italian, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Parents Distinguished Research Professor of the Humanities at Dartmouth College. Her most recent book is Family Frames: Photography, Narrative, and Postmemory (1997).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews