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American archives : gender, race, and class in visual culture

Author: Shawn Michelle Smith
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Visual texts uniquely demonstrate the contested terms of American identity. In American Archives Shawn Michelle Smith offers a bold and disturbing account of how photography and the sciences of biological racialism joined forces in the nineteenth century to offer an idea of what Americans look like--or "should" look like. Her varied sources, which include the middle-class portrait, baby picture, criminal mugshot,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shawn Michelle Smith
ISBN: 0691004773 9780691004778 0691004781 9780691004785
OCLC Number: 40939988
Description: xi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: American archives. --
Prying eyes and middle-class magic in The house of seven gables. "Magnetic" daguerreotypes and the masculine gaze ; Evil eyes and feminine essence ; Making the house a home ; The public private sphere. --
The properties of blood. The blood that flows in subterranean pipes ; Blood, character, and race ; The spectacle of race ; Seeing bloodlines. --
Superficial depths. The portrait and the likeness: photographing the soul ; Class acts: real things and true performances ; The criminal body and the portrait of a type ; Consuming commodities: gender in the age of mechanical reproduction. --
"Baby's picture is always treasured": eugenics and the reproduction of whiteness in the family photograph album. Mechanically reproducing baby ; Reproducing racial inheritance ; Sentimental aura and the evidence of race. --
America coursing through her veins. From the bonds of love to bloodlines ; America's white aristocracy ; In the name of white womanhood ; "A heritage unique in the ages" --
Photographing the "American Negro": nation, race, and photography at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Racialized bodies, national character, and photographic documentation ; Making Americans ; Conserving race in the nation. --
Looking back: Pauline Hopkins's challenge to eugenics. Envisioning race: bodies on display in Hagar's daughter ; "Sons of one father" ; Excavating the hidden self ; Visions beyond the color line. --
Reconfiguring a masculine gaze. Visions of commodified identity in consumer culture ; Conspicuous consumption under a masculine gaze: rethinking gender in Sister Carrie ; Parting glances. --
Afterimages: A brief look at American visual culture in the 1990s.
Responsibility: Shawn Michelle Smith.
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