WRITING WITH LIGHT: Words and Photographs in American Texts by Mick Gidley

Angeliki Tseti
2010 European Journal of American Studies  
1 Following the recently developed scholarly interest in the combination of word and image in texts, Writing with Light comes as a valuable addition to a series of works aiming to explore the multifaceted interface between literature and photography. Similar works and collections of essays published in the past decade have drawn attention to the complexity and diversity of the intersections and interactions of the two media while providing historical schemata -such as Francois Brunet's
more » ... hy and Literature-or raising mostly theoretical and philosophical issues of time and place, memory, identity, representations of race or gender, but also the evidential, indexical, ontological or epistemological nature of the photographic code and message. One can mention Marsha Bryant's Phototextualities, Cunningham, Fischer and Mays's Photography and Literature in the 20 th century, Hughes and Noble's Phototextualities: Intersections of Photography and Narrative, but also periodical series such as Word and Image Interactions, edited by Martin Heusser.While dealing with the same preoccupations, Writing with Light touches these issues through the spectrum of culture as this collection works under the premise that the social circumstances in which these texts were produced are of primary importance, and treats already acknowledged and celebrated texts as "cultural documents of their time(s) -and ours" (4). What is more, the collection enhances the underlying argument by focusing its lens on North American texts, thus managing not only to narrow the frame, but also to provide a picture of "photonarrative" activity in a specific spatial locus
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