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Looking for America. The Visual Production of Nation and People. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2292925
  • Book
  • November 2004
  • 408 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Looking for America: The Visual Production of Nation and People is a groundbreaking collection that explores the “visual” in defining the kaleidoscope of American experience and American identity in the 20th century.
- Covers enduringly important topics in American history: nationhood, class, politics of identity, and the visual mapping of “others”
- Includes editorial introductions, suggested readings, a primer on how to "read" an image, and a guide to visual archives and collections
- Well-illustrated book for those in American Studies and related fields eager to incorporate the visual into their teaching - and telling - of the American story.
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Introduction (Ardis Cameron).

Suggested Readings.

PART I: 1860-1900.

Modern Types.

1. Sleuthing Towards America: Visual Detection in Everyday Life (Ardis Cameron).

2. Cartes de Visite Portrait Photographs and the Culture of Class Formation (Andrea L. Volpe).

Suggested Readings.

PART II: 1900-1940.

The Embodied Nation: Race, Gender, and the Politics of the Camera.

3. Photographing the "American Negro": Nation, Race, and Photography at the Paris Exposition of 1900 (Shawn Michelle Smith).

4. Techniques of the Imaginary Nation: Engendering Family Photography (Laura Wexler).

"The Eye of Power": Cross-Class Looking.

5. Private Eyes, Public Women: Images of Class and Sex in the Urban South, Atlanta, Georgia, 1913-1915 (Jacquelyn Dowd Hall).

6. Margaret Bourke-White’s Red Coat; or, Slumming in the Thirties (Paula Rabinowitz).

Suggested Readings.

PART III: 1940-2000.

Home and Nation: Imaging the "All-American" Family.

7. "The Kind of People Who Make Good Americans": Nationalism and Life’s Family Ideal (Wendy Kozol).

8. Visua Culture and Working-Class Community: Photography and the Organizing of the Steelworkers’ Union in Chicago (Larry Peterson).

9. Sit-coms and Suburbs: Positioning the 1950s Homemaker (Mary Beth Haralovich).

The Eye of Difference: The Politics of Appearance.

10. The Zoot-Suit and Style Warfare (Stuart Cosgrove).

11. Looking Jewish, Seeing Jews (Matthew Frye Jacobson).

Troubling Sights (Sites): Visual Maps and America’s "Others".

12. The Photograph as an Intersection of Gazes (Catherine A. Lutz and Jane L. Collins).

13. When Strangers Bring Cameras: The Poetics and Politics of Othered Places (Ardis Cameron).

Suggested Readings.

Appendix A: "Reading the Visual Record" (Elspeth H. Brown).

Appendix B: List of Visual Archives (Ardis Cameron).


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Ardis Cameron University of Maine.
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