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Mediating American autobiography [electronic resource] : photography in Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, and Whitman / Sean Ross Meehan.

By: Meehan, Sean Ross, 1969-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2008Description: 1 online resource (xi, 250 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780826266408 (electronic bk.); 0826266401 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): 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 | Autobiography | Self-realization in literature | LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Mediating American autobiography.DDC classification: 810.9/492 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Prologue: the reproduction of the author -- Strange developments: photography's autobiography -- Like iodine to light: Emerson's photographic thinking -- Pencil of nature: Thoreau's photographic register -- Pictures in progress: the claims of Frederick Douglass, photographically considered -- Specimen daze: Whitman's photobiography -- Epilogue: future readers.
Summary: "Examines works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman to explore how the emergence of photography in the mid-nineteenth century transformed their ideas, how photography mediated their conceptions of self-representation, and how their appropriation of photographic thinking created a new kind of autobiography"--Provided by publisher.
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"Examines works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman to explore how the emergence of photography in the mid-nineteenth century transformed their ideas, how photography mediated their conceptions of self-representation, and how their appropriation of photographic thinking created a new kind of autobiography"--Provided by publisher.

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

Prologue: the reproduction of the author -- Strange developments: photography's autobiography -- Like iodine to light: Emerson's photographic thinking -- Pencil of nature: Thoreau's photographic register -- Pictures in progress: the claims of Frederick Douglass, photographically considered -- Specimen daze: Whitman's photobiography -- Epilogue: future readers.

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