Looking for America: An Historical Introduction to the Visual in American Studies
By: Ardis Cameron (author)Hardback
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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. The book covers enduringly important topics in American history: nationhood, class, politics of identity, and the visual mapping of 'others'; and, includes editorial introductions, suggested readings, a primer on how to 'read' an image, and a guide to visual archives and collections. This is a 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.
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.
Acknowledgments.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).Index.
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