Rural Inventions

The French Countryside After 1945

Author: Sarah Farmer

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019007907X

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 1856


"In post-World War II France, commitment to cutting-edge technological modernization and explosive economic growth uprooted rural populations and eroded the village traditions of a largely peasant nation. And yet, this book argues, rural France did not vanish in the sweeping transformations of the 1950s and 1960s. The attachment of the French to rural ways and the agricultural past became a widely-shared preoccupation in the 1970s; this, in turn, became an engine of change in its own right. Though the French countryside is often imagined as stable and enduring, this book presents it as a site not just of decline and loss but also of change and adaptation. Rural Inventions explores the rise of restored peasant houses as second residences; utopian experiments in rural communes and in going back to the land; environmentalism; the literary success of peasant autobiographies; photography; and other representations through which the French revalorized rural life and landscapes. The peasantry as a social class may have died out, but the countryside persisted, valued as a site not only for agriculture but increasingly for sport and leisure, tourism, and social and political engagement; a place to dwell part-time as well as full-time; and a natural environment worth protecting. The postwar French state and the nation's rural and urban inhabitants remade the French countryside in relation to the city and to the world at large, not only invoking traditional France but also creating a vibrant and evolving part of the France yet to come"--


Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image

Author: Andy Stafford

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846310520

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

View: 9103


In today’s image-saturated society, photograph and text live side-by-side, engaged in a complex collaboration. Andy Stafford critically examines this interplay in Photo-texts, taking nine case studies from the 1990s French-speaking world and looking at the interaction between non-fictional written texts (caption, essay, fragment, poem) and photographic images. The “photo-text,” as he defines it, is concerned as much with the oral as it is with visual and written culture. That text-image collaborations give space to the spoken, spectral traces of spoken human discourse suggests that the key element of the photo-text is its radical provisionality—that it is inherently unstable and ever-changing. This pathbreaking study offers a vital resource for scholars in contemporary French and francophone cultures.

Mobilizing Place, Placing Mobility

The Politics of Representation in a Globalized World

Author: Ginette Verstraete,Tim Cresswell

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042011441

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

View: 5095


What role does 'place' have in a world marked by increased mobility on a global scale? What strategies are there for representing 'place' in the age of globalization? What is the relationship between 'place' and the varied mobilities of migrancy, tourism, travel and nomadism? These are some of the questions that run through the ten essays in this collection. The combined effect of these essays is to participate in the contemporary project of subjecting the links between place, mobility, identity, representation and practice to critical interdisciplinary scrutiny. Such notions are not the property of particular disciplines. In the era of globalization, transnationalism and readily acknowledged cultural hybridity these links are more important than ever. They are important because of the taken-for-grantedness of: the universal impact of globalization; the receding importance of place and the centrality of mobile identities. This taken-for-grantedness masks the ways place continues to be important and ways in which mobility is differentiated by race, gender, ethnicity, nationality and many other social markers. This book is a concerted attempt to stop taking for granted these themes of the age. Material discussed in the essays include the creation of cultural routes in Europe, the video's of Fiona Tan, artistic and literary representations of the North African desert, the production of indigenous videos in Mexico, mobile forms of ethnography, the film Existenz, Jamaica Kincaid's writing on gardens, the video representation of sex tourism and ways of imagining the global. Authors include: Tim Cresswell, Ginette Verstraete, Ernst van Alphen, Ursula Biemann, Laurel C. Smith, Nick Couldry, Isabel Hoving, Renée van de Vall, Inge E. Boer and Kevin Hetherington.

Depardon - Voyages

Raymond Depardon - Journeys and Homecomings

Author: Raymond Depardon,Michel Butel

Publisher: Fernand Hazan


Category: Art

Page: 604

View: 6924


Prostituées de Saigon, hommes voilés du désert saharien, passants de New York, du Caire ou de La Paz, petites filles de Somalie ou d'Afghanistan, tous ces êtres humains sont saisis comme de l'intérieur, sans effets esthétisants, sans anecdote, sans complaisance. Photographe et cinéaste, voyageur et écrivain, ce sont toutes les facettes d'un exceptionnel artiste que révèlent les images et les textes de ce livres.


Author: Jan-Christopher Horak,HORAK JC

Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 297

View: 707


In Making Images Move, Jan-Christopher Horak looks at the work of eight European and American photographers whose films illustrate the gradual fragmentation of realistic narratives during the last eighty years. In close analyses of specific works, he shows how the visions of early practitioners such as Paul Strand and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who tried to create meaningful political statements using modernist techniques, gave way to the more personal - though no less socially conscious - creations of 1960s and 1970s filmmakers such as Chris Marker, Robert Frank, and Danny Lyon. Even documentary became more subjective, with Helen Levitt pioneering the use of the handheld camera and intuitive editing in her 1946 film, In the Street. Horak argues that photographers who have ventured into filmmaking, while fruitfully exploiting the differences between the two genres, often have been able to retain both their technical styles and complex thematic concerns. Including a filmography of more than 130 photographer-filmmakers, Making Images Move illuminates the instrumental role of these artists in the evolution of experimental cinema.

Documenta 12

Author: Museum Fridericianum (Kassel, Allemagne).,Taschen,Taschen Publishing,Documenta GmbH.,Documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH,Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs GmbH.

Publisher: Taschen America Llc


Category: Art

Page: 415

View: 1077


Documenta is regarded as the most important exhibition of contemporary art, drawing attention from all over the world. This international exhibition, often called the Hundred Day Museum became an unparalleled success. The number of visitors has continually risen. More than 650 thousand visitors came to documenta 11. Under continually changing directorship, and in the equally leisurely and inexorable rhythm of five years, documenta has advanced to become an authoritative worldwide seismograph of contemporary art. At documenta, it becomes manifest whether art is succeeding in grasping the world in images and whether these images have validity for its public. Small, practical and elegant, the catalogue provides all the essential information: brief texts on the artists, biographical details, illustrations, a list of artworks and an introductory text by R.M. Buergel. Not only will it be handy as you walk through the exhibition, but afterward it will grace your bookshelf as a record of documenta 12 and a souvenir of your experience.