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American Alphabet: Photo-textual Politics in Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall's Time in New England (1950)

Blinder, Caroline. 2015. American Alphabet: Photo-textual Politics in Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall's Time in New England (1950). Journal of American Studies, ISSN 0021-8758 [Article]

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The first in a series of regional studies by the photographer Paul Strand, Time in New England pairs the iconographical landscapes and portraits of Strand with a cross-section of historical and fictional accounts of New England life from 1630 to 1950. The texts, chosen and edited by Nancy Newhall, constitute a counterpoint to Strand's images, designed to historicize the ideological parameters, subjects, and faces of a vernacular New England. This essay examines some of the problems inherent in Strand and Newhall's attempts to record an essentially democratic vision of America through a specific cultural landscape both found and constructed. Partly a postwar response to the trauma of fascism in Europe, Time in New England sought to confirm the intrinsic values of America as a safe haven for democratic principles, a project jeopardized by the increasing harassment of leftist artists that drove Strand out of the US in the same year Time in New England was published.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875815001152

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
8 July 2015Published

Item ID:

12934

Date Deposited:

26 Aug 2015 08:56

Last Modified:

23 Jun 2017 14:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12934

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