Familial Gaze

ISBN-10: 0874518954

ISBN-13: 9780874518955

Edition: 1999

Authors: Marianne Hirsch

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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
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 1/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 389
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Introduction. Familial Looking
Pictures from Home
Collected Visions
Nazism in the Family Album: Christian Boltanski's Sans Souci
Putting Ourselves in the Picture: Memoirs and Mourning
Observations of a Mother
Photography, Narrative, and Ideology in Suzanne Suzanne and Finding Christa by Camille Billops and James V. Hatch
Mein Kampf (My Struggle)
The Sisters and Aunt Winnie
A Search for Self: The Photograph and Black Family Life
Domestic Borders, Cultural Boundaries: Black Feminists Re-view the Family
Viewing the Remains: A Polemic on Death, Spectacle, and the [Black] Family
The Image as Memorial: Personal Photographs in Cultural Memory
A Meeting of Two Queens: An Exercise in Memory Work
The Album and the Crossing
All in the Family: Familiarity and Estrangement According to Marcel Proust
Seeing Sentiment: Photography, Race, and the Innocent Eye
Black Bodies in Evidence: Maternal Visibility in Renee Cox's Family Portraits
Photography, Feminism, and the Good Enough Mother
Focusing on the Family: Family Pictures and the Politics of the Religious Right
Conclusions Based on Observation
Blurring the Familial: An Afterword
List of Contributors
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