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Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (Cultural Studies of the United States)by Laura Wexler
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Laura Wexler presents an incisive analysis of how the first American female photojournalists contributed to a "domestic vision" that reinforced the imperialism and racism of turn-of-the-century America. These women photographers, white and middle class, constructed images of war disguised as peace through a mechanism Wexler calls the "averted eye," which had its origins in the private domain of family photography.
Wexler examines the work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, Gertrude K In a groundbreaking approach to the study of photography, Wexler raises up these images as "texts" to be analyzed alongside other texts of the period for what they say about the discourses of power. Tender Violence is an important contribution not only to the fields of history of photography and gender studies but also to our growing understanding of U.S. imperialism during this period.
In a groundbreaking approach to the study of photography, Wexler raises up these images as "texts" to be analyzed alongside other texts of the period for what they say about the discourses of power. Tender Violence is an important contribution not only to the fields of history of photography and gender studies but also to our growing understanding of U.S. imperialism during this period.
Book News Annotation:
Wexler (American studies, Yale U.) analyzes how the first American female photojournalists contributed to a domestic vision that reinforced the imperialism and racism of the US at the turn of the 20th century. The more than 150 photographs include images from Admiral Dewey's flagship returning from the conquest of Manila, immigrants at Ellis Island, and the St. Louis World's fair of 1904.
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— Feminist Studies A politically sophisticated analysis of photographs as portrayal and betrayal.
Journal of American History This book is a true landmark in the field of American studies.
Technology and Culture Wexler offers a groundbreaking account of how some of America's first women photojournalists became complicit with America's imperialistic project.
Women's Review of Books A rigorous and outstanding examination of gender as a key contributor to specific visual outcomes. . . . A most welcome addition.
Choice [Shows] extraordinary scholarly imagination and acumen.
About the Author
Laura Wexler is professor of American studies and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Yale University.
Table of Contents
1. What a Woman Can Do with a Camera
2. Seeing Sentiment: Photography, Race, and the Innocent Eye
3. Tender Violence: Domestic Photographs, Domestic Fictions, and Educational Reform
4. Black and White and Color: The Hampton Album
5. Kasebier's Indians
6. The Domestic Unconscious
7. The Missing Link
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