Textual & Visual Selves

Textual & Visual Selves

Photography, Film, and Comic Art in French Autobiography

eBook - 2011
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Autobiography in France has taken a decidedly visual turn in recent years: photographs, shown or withheld, become evidence of what was, might have been, or cannot be said; photographers, filmmakers, and cartoonists undertake projects that explore issues of identity. "Textual and Visual Selves" investigates, from a variety of theoretical perspectives, the ways in which the textual and the visual combine in certain French works to reconfigure ideasOCoand imagesOCoof self-representation.
Surprisingly, what these accounts reveal is that photography or film does not necessarily serve to shore up the referentiality of the autobiographical account: on the contrary, the inclusion of visual material can even increase indeterminacy and ambiguity. Far from offering documentary evidence of an extratextual self coincident with the OC IOCO of the text, these images testify only to absence, loss, evasiveness, and the desire to avoid objectification. However, where Roland Barthes famously saw the photograph as a prefiguration of death, in this volume we see how the textual strategies deployed by these writers and artists result in work that is ultimately life-affirming.
Publisher: Lincoln [Neb.] : University of Nebraska Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780803237995
080323631X
9780803236318
Characteristics: 1 online resource (273 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Textual and visual selves

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