Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-238) and index.
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.
"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.