These thirty-one pairings of archival images with original creative responses illustrate the breadth and richness of the diverse talents of South Carolina writers. While the digital collections are a much-valued resource for researchers and educators, Found Anew encourages a wider use as a source of inspiration for writers and artists inventing narratives set in and about South Carolina. In coupling the poems and short stories with the images that inspired them, the anthology shows writers gauging unlikely depths in curious photographs that other eyes might pass over without a second glance, conjuring perfect words for the emotion evoked by a particular image, and rendering and reimagining the visual in seemingly disparate but ultimately linked narratives. An instructive model for active, collaborative engagement between creative writers and culturally significant visual prompts, this collection also serves to demonstrate the accessibility and scope of archival photography available through South Caroliniana's digital collections. Through these creative responses, the images are not recovered or explained--but, rather, Found Anew.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
"The idea for this project is ingenious, and the result kept me mesmerized for hours. These gifted writers can be counted on to surprise and engage no matter the prompt. But otherwise rarely seen and fascinating historic photographs inspiring these particular imaginations--well--it more than doubles the pleasures."--Susan Ludvigson
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