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Author Dinius, Marcy J.

Title The camera and the press [electronic resource] : American visual and print culture in the age of the daguerreotype / Marcy J. Dinius.

Published Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 1 online resource (308 pages) : illustrations.
Series Material texts
Material texts.
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Notes Originally presented as the author's thesis (Northwestern University) under title: The camera and the pen: daguerreotypy and literature in antebellum America.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-294) and index.
Summary "Before most Americans ever saw an actual daguerreotype, they encountered this visual form through written descriptions, published and rapidly reprinted in newspapers throughout the land. In The Camera and the Press, Marcy J. Dinius examines how the first written and published responses to the daguerreotype set the terms for how we now understand the representational accuracy and objectivity associated with the photograph, as well as the democratization of portraiture that photography enabled. Dinius's archival research ranges from essays in popular nineteenth-century periodicals to daguerreotypes of Americans, Liberians, slaves, and even fictional characters. Examples of these portraits are among the dozens of illustrations featured in the book. The Camera and the Press presents new dimensions of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables, Herman Melville's Pierre, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave. Dinius shows how these authors strategically incorporated aspects of daguerreian representation to advance their aesthetic, political, and social agendas. By recognizing print and visual culture as one, Dinius redefines such terms as art, objectivity, sympathy, representation, race, and nationalism and their interrelations in nineteenth-century America."--Project Muse.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Photography in literature -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and photography -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
American fiction -- 19th century -- Illustrations -- Public opinion.
Daguerreotype -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Documentary photography -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Visual communication -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Public opinion -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Electronic books.
Variant Title American visual and print culture in the age of the daguerreotype
ISBN 9780812206340