Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated Series Number 119 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated Series Number 119 (Paperback)

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Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 13/02/2000
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For three decades from the 1890s onwards, Edward S. Curtis took thousands of photographs of Native Americans all over the West. These were published (1907-1930) in twenty volumes of illustrated text and twenty portfolios of photographs; the project was supported by Theodore Roosevelt and funded in part by J. Pierpont Morgan, and spawned exhibitions, postcards, magazine articles, lecture series, a 'musicale', and the very first narrative documentary film. While not necessarily unique, the project was bigger, better funded, and more famous than any of its time, and its images still retain their influence today. Neither a eulogy to Curtis's achievement nor a debunking of it, this book is an honest study of the project as a collective whole: what it was, who was involved, and what it meant.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521775731
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'Astute, lucid, sophisticated, committed to its subject, and a marvel of tact and modesty.' Alan Trachetenberg, Yale University
'Gidley's work on Curtis is cutting-edge, based on a thorough examination of archival sources that will delight and enlighten scholars interested in popular culture, history, anthropology, and photography. Although others have written about the work of Curtis, Gidley provides the definitive work.' Clifford Trafzer, University of California, Berkeley
' ... will quickly establish itself as an indispensable source for anyone with an interest in intercultural American literature.' European Journal of American Culture
' ... it is Gidley's achievement to have painstaking reconstructed the various contexts and influences that formed Curtis's enterprise as a complex whole. He has unearthed a treasure-trove of unpublished and previously unregarded material.' Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik
"In this outstanding new volume, [Gidley] illuminates the multi-faceted nature of the photographer's enterprise, reprints original documents relating to the project, analyzes with insight some of the best known images and accompanying texts, and thereby places Curtis's opus within its complex historical context." Great Plains Quarterly
"Gidley gives readers a succinct explanation of the subject of Curtis's prolific photography....Recommended for public and academic libraries." Library Journal
"Gidley's descriptions of the process of the enterprise is fascinating; his analysis of the ideological, aesthetic, economic, and anthropological underpinnings is a model of development; and his assessment of the Curtis legacy is convincing. Strongly recommended for undergraduate libraries." Choice
"The strength of Gidley's work lies not only in the clarity and appeal of his prose but also in his particular approach to a difficult subject. His complex and engaging study demonstrates the value of postmodern theory while avoiding its pitfalls." Melinda Marie Jettee, Pacific Northwest Quarterly
"...Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated is worth not only reading but keeping on the shelf as an important contribution to the study of white representations of Native American culture and Native American defiance thereto." Paola Gemme, American Studies in Europe
"It can be read as biography, social and intellectual history, and cultural criticism. It is a splendid addition to every American Studies library." American Studies International
"Gidley's readings of the images, however, are insightful, clear, and admirably restrained." Philip J. Deloria, Pacific Historical Review
"...Gidley connects..." Edward J. Gallagher, American Indian Quarterly
"In this outstanding new volume, he illuminates the multi-faceted nature of the photographer's enterprise, reprints original documents relating to the project, analyzes with insight some of the best known images and accompanying texts, and thereby places Curtis's opus within its complex historical context." Martha H. Kennedy, Great Plains Quarterly
"Edward S. CUrits and The North American Indian, Incorporated will quickly establish itself as an indispensable source for anyone with an interest in intercultural American literature." European Journal of American Culture

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