Photography in Fiction

Photography in Fiction, a special issue of Poetics Today (29.1, Spring 2008), is a collection of nine essays by leading scholars from North America and Europe who study the role of photography in literature. The essays draw from and build on twentieth-century debates relating to photography in order to move beyond the oft-repeated associations between the photograph and memory, death, identity, or witnessing. Hence, they invite the reconsideration of some of the most popular theories informing the study of photography in the trust that such investigations will lead to alternative approaches to studying word-and-image relations and, in particular, the relations between fiction and photography. I have co-edited this volume with Dr. Silke Horstkotte (University of Leipzig).


Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication

Volume 29, Number 1  Spring 2008 

Photography in Fiction
Silke Horstkotte and Nancy Pedri, Guest Editors

Introduction: Photographic Interventions 1
Silke Horstkotte, Leipzig, and Nancy Pedri, Newfoundland

Photography as Critical Idiom

Photography as Critical Idiom and Intermedial Criticism 31
Liliane Louvel, Poitiers

Photo-Text Topographies: Photography and the Representation
of Space in W. G. Sebald and Monika Maron 49
Silke Horstkotte, Leipzig

Moving Beyond

Imaginary Encounters: Walter Benjamin and the Aura of Photography 79
Carolin Duttlinger, Oxford

The Generation of Postmemory 103
Marianne Hirsch, Columbia

Documents, Photography, Postmemory: Alexander Kluge, W. G. Sebald,
and the German Family 129
Mark M. Anderson, Columbia

The Photograph: A Textual Excess?

Documenting the Fictions of Reality 155
Nancy Pedri, Newfoundland

Photographs on the Walls of the House of Fiction 175
Timothy Dow Adams, West Virginia

Paratextual Profusion: Photography and Text in Bertolt Brecht's
War Primer 197
J. J. Long, Durham

Notes on Contributors 225

Horstkotte, Silke and Nancy Pedri, eds. Photography in Fiction. Spec. issue of Poetics Today 29.1 (Spring 2008). ISSN 0333-5372. 226 pages.