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Author Meehan, Sean Ross, 1969-

Title Mediating American autobiography : photography in Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, and Whitman / Sean Ross Meehan.

Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  810.9492 MEEH    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-238) and index.
Contents Prologue: The Reproduction of the Author -- 1. Strange Developments: Photography's Autobiography -- 2. Like Iodine to Light: Emerson's Photographic Thinking -- 3. Pencil of Nature: Thoreau's Photographic Register -- 4. Pictures in Progress: The Claims of Frederick Douglass, Photographically Considered -- 5. Specimen Daze: Whitman's Photobiography -- Epilogue: Future Readers.
Summary "Both photography and autobiography involve a tension between disclosing and concealing their means of production: a chemical process for one, the writing process for the other. Meehan examines how four major authors - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman - were well aware of this tension and explored it in their work. Examining the metonymic nature of photography, Meehan explores how the new medium influenced conceptions of visual and verbal representation"--BOOK JACKET.
Subject American prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and photography -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Authors, American -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Photography -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Visual perception in literature.
Photography in literature.
Self-realization in literature.
ISBN 9780826217929 (alk. paper)