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Author Polk, Randi L
Title (Un-)framing vision: Text and image from the New Novel to contemporary expressions of identity
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Descript 224 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-06, Section: A, page: 2237
Adviser: Karlis Racevskis
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Ohio State University, 2005
What does one see when he or she looks at a picture? This very broad question has no real answer, because each "he" or "she" will have a different response to the picture that is viewed. Each textual description of a photograph, therefore, will be different, reflecting each individual's interpretation or sentiment. The goal of this study is to show the result of such interplay between texts and images, how one influences the other
We will begin with an analysis of the French New Novel that emerged in the decade of the 1950s, and provoked debates on subjective versus objective literature, real versus imaginary, sight versus what is seen by the mind's eye, among other topics. These binary oppositions allow us to gain a better understanding not only of an image, but also the text that accompanies it and gives it meaning. Since we are not looking at images or texts as isolated structures, there is a necessary interplay of language and images. Thus, arbitrary distinctions in the form of binary oppositions are problematic. The chapters of this study are discussions of such problems. We will present these problems by using the New Novel and its innovation as a frame of reference for analyses of verbal-visual narrative crossovers that characterize contemporary French literature
The remaining three chapters will show the dialectical relationship that exists between texts and images. Images in the form of photographs are supposed to relate the truth. However, when these photographs become verbal representations, one must question the message they provide. While the texts we have chosen vary in genre, subject matter, and perspective, they all allow us to problematize the text/image dichotomy. In addition, each text evokes questions of identity that plague the modern era. All of the authors we have chosen highlight the interplay of a text and an image, as well as the way in which images are used for identification. Although their messages vary, the authors we will be discussing all chose to express themselves in terms of their own visual culture while forcing their readers to interpret their works, and see that interpretations are undeniably variable
School code: 0168
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-06A
Subject Literature, Romance
Alt Author The Ohio State University
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