American Archives Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture

ISBN-10: 0691004781

ISBN-13: 9780691004785

Edition: 2000

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This text offers a disturbing account of how photography and the sciences of biological racialism joined forces in the 19th century to offer an idea of what Americans look like - or should look like.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/19/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction American Archives
Prying Eyes and Middle-Class Magic in The House of the Seven Gables
"Magnetic" Daguerreotypes and the Masculine Gaze
Evil Eyes and Feminine Essence
Making the House a Home
The Public Private Sphere
The Properties of Blood
The Blood That Flows in Subterranean Pipes
Blood, Character, and Race
The Spectacle of Race
Seeing Bloodlines
Superficial Depths
The Portrait and the Likeness. Photographing the Soul
Class Acts: Real Things and True Performances
The Criminal Body and the Portrait of a Type
Consuming Commodities: Gender in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
"Baby's Picture Is Always Treasured": Eugenics and the Reproduction of Whiteness in the Family Photograph Album
Mechanically Reproducing Baby
Reproducing Racial Inheritance
Sentimental Aura and the Evidence of Race
America Coursing through Her Veins
From the Bonds of Love to Bloodlines
America's White Aristocracy
In the Name of White Womanhood
"A Heritage Unique in the Ages"
Photographing the "American Negro": Nation, Race, and Photography at the Paris Exposition of 1900
Racialized Bodies, National Character, and Photographic Documentation
Making Americans
Conserving Race in the Nation
Looking Back: Pauline Hopkins's Challenge to Eugenics
Envisioning Race: Bodies on Display in Hagar's Daughter "Sons of One Father"
Excavating the Hidden Self
Visions beyond the Color Line
Reconfiguring a Masculine Gaze
Visions of Commodified Identity in Consumer Culture
Conspicuous Consumption under a Masculine Gaze: Rethinking Gender in Sister Carrie
Parting Glances
Afterimages A Brief Look at American Visual Culture in the 1990s
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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