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Family frames : photography, narrative, and postmemory

Author: Marianne Hirsch
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Hirsch provocatively explores the photographic conventions for constructing family relationships and discusses artistic strategies for challenging those constructions. When we capture our family photographically, we are often responding to an idealized image. Contemporary artists and writers, Hirsch shows, have exposed the gap between lived reality and a perceived ideal to witness contradictions that shape visual  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne Hirsch
ISBN: 0674292650 9780674292659 0674292669 9780674292666
OCLC Number: 36135805
Description: xiv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Family Frames --
1. Mourning and Postmemory --
2. Reframing the Human Family Romance --
3. Masking the Subject --
4. Unconscious Optics --
5. Maternal Exposures --
6. Resisting Images --
7. Pictures of a Displaced Girlhood --
8. Past Lives.
Responsibility: Marianne Hirsch.


Photography has become the family's primary means of self-representation. This book explores photographic conventions for constructing family relationships, the gap between reality and the perceived  Read more...


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[Hirsch] contemplates the relationships among images, family life, memory, lost memory and memory across generations--or "postmemory" as she calls it. For her, photographs and other images are Read more...

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