Larry J. Reynolds
Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 13, 2000)
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From the yank Revolution to the current, the USA has loved a wealthy and persuasive visible tradition. those photographs have developed, sustained, and disseminated social values and identities, yet this unwieldy, occasionally untidy kind of cultural expression has acquired much less systematic cognizance than different modes of depicting American existence. lately, students within the humanities have built a brand new severe method of analyzing photographs and the cultural paintings they practice. this tradition, American cultural iconography, is producing subtle analyses of the way pictures arrange our public lifestyles. The contributions to this quantity convey the intense scope and interpretive strength of this interdisciplinary research whereas illuminating the darkish corners of the nation's psyche. Drawing on such various texts and visible media as daguerreotypes, political cartoons, vacationer posters, and spiritual artifacts, those essays discover how photos and phrases mix to coach us who we're and who we aren't. They learn mimesis in dependent snap shots of black Freemasons, industrial-age representations of nationwide parks, and postwar pictures of atomic destruction. they give thought to how visible tradition has defined and disclosed the politics of racialized sexuality, no matter if subconsciously putting forward it within the shadows of movie noir or intentionally contesting it during the interethnic incest of John Sayles's Lone celebrity. scholars of literature, movie, and historical past will locate that those essays expand the frontier of yank stories. The members are Maurice Wallace, Dennis Berthold, Alan Trachtenberg, Shirley Samuels, Jenny Franchot, Cecelia Tichi, Eric Lott, Bryan C. Taylor, and José E. Limón.