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A Familiar Strangeness: American Fiction and the Language of Photography, 1839-1945 (Paperback)
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A Familiar Strangeness: American Fiction and the Language of Photography, 1839-1945 (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 30/06/2010
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Literary critics have traditionally suggested that the invention of photography led to the rise of the realist novel, which imitated the detail and accuracy of the photographic image. Instead, says Stuart Burrows, photography's influence on American fiction had less to do with any formal similarity between the two media than with the capacity of photography to render identity and history homogeneous and reproducible. Burrows argues for the centrality of photography to writers commonly thought of as hostile to the camera - including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, William Faulkner, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820335216
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm


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"A Familiar Strangeness" is original, well written, and well documented and will add to and revise our understanding of the American novel and its tradition.--Edgar A. Dryden "author of "Monumental Melville: The Formation of a Literary Career" "


Burrows's "A Familiar Strangeness" makes visible and intelligible how the photographic image and the image of photography work and work together in later nineteenth- and earlier twentieth-century American fiction. The matters of likeness and reference in the still image--an image bordered on the one side by painting and on the other by the cinema--are mapped with precision and a compelling range of historical and literary implication.--Mark Seltzer "Evan Frankel Professor of Literature at UCLA "

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