Remaking Reality: U.S. Documentary Culture after 1945

Remaking Reality: U.S. Documentary Culture after 1945


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After World War II, U.S. documentarians engaged in a rigorous rethinking of established documentary practices and histories. Responding to the tumultuous transformations of the postwar era—the atomic age, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the emergence of the environmental movement, immigration and refugee crises, student activism, the globalization of labor, and the financial collapse of 2008—documentary makers increasingly reconceived reality as the site of social conflict and saw their work as instrumental to struggles for justice. Examining a wide range of forms and media, including sound recording, narrative journalism, drawing, photography, film, and video, this book is a daring interdisciplinary study of documentary culture and practice from 1945 to the present. Essays by leading scholars across disciplines collectively explore the activist impulse of documentarians who not only record reality but also challenge their audiences to take part in reality's remaking.

In addition to the editors, the volume's contributors include Michael Mark Cohen, Grace Elizabeth Hale, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Jonathan Kahana, Leigh Raiford, Rebecca M. Schreiber, Noah Tsika, Laura Wexler, and Daniel Worden.

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ISBN-13: 9781469638690
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/09/2018
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sara Blair is the Patricia S. Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English at the University of Michigan. Joseph B. Entin is associate professor of English and American studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Franny Nudelman is associate professor of English at Carleton University in Canada.

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A critical resource for readers from a wide range of disciplines.--Erina Duganne, Texas State University

A valuable addition to the literature on documentary culture--well-written, cogent, and fully focused on the contemporary context.--Michael Renov, University of Southern California

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