In Looking Back One Learns to See
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Marcel Proust offered the twentieth century a new psychology of memory and seeing. His novel In Search of Lost Time was written in the modern age of photography and art history. In Looking Back One Learns to See: Marcel Proust and Photography brings to light Proust’s photographic resources and his visual imagination. This scrupulously researched book features over 100 illustrations. Distinguished cultural historian Mary Bergstein presents various kinds of photography and photographic systems with regard to the literature of Marcel Proust, including daguerreotypes, stereoscopic cards, cartes-de-visite, postcards, book illustrations, portraiture, medical photography, spirit photography, architectural photography, and Orientalism. Photographs associated with fin-de-siècle studies of Botticelli, Leonardo, and Vermeer, are considered in terms of Proust’s tastes and the historiography of art.
Table of Contents Preface, Acknowledgements, and Notes on the Text Introduction: “Pleasure… is like photography” Chapter 1: Photography and Memory Chapter 2: Photography and the Cultural Archive Chapter 3: The Enigma of Character Illustrations chapters 1-3 Chapter 4: Long Ago and Far Away: Jews, Orientals, and Ghosts Chapter 5: Odette “En Abyme” Chapter 6: Botticelli/Vermeer/Leonardo Coda: “In Looking Back One Learns to See” Illustrations chapters 4-6 Bibliography Index
Mary Bergstein won the “Courage to Dream” book prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association for Mirrors of Memory: Freud, Photography, and the History of Art (Cornell 2010). She has published widely on topics from Italian Renaissance sculpture to contemporary photography. Mary Bergstein has been Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1990.
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