Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Race, Death, and the Maternal in American Visual Culture

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pp. 1-28

On September 11, 2001, Roman Catholic priest and New York Fire Department chaplain Mychal Judge emerged from the World Trade Center’s Ground Zero as the first recorded victim of the terror attacks. Reuters photographer Shannon Stapleton was on site to capture the vision that began immediately circulating the world as an “American Pietà.”1 ...

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1. Maternal Visions, Racial Seeing: Theories of the Photographic in Barthes’s Camera Lucida

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pp. 29-42

Since its publication in 1980, Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida has been somewhere present in almost every critical treatment of photography. His raw, personal reflections on how certain photographs have no profound effect on him at the same time that others touch him deeply offer us an indispensable way ...

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2. Commemorating Whiteness: The Ghost of Diana in the U.S. Popular Press

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pp. 43-66

Immediately following the automobile accident that caused the death of both Diana Spencer and Dodi Al-Fayed on August 31, 1997, newspaper headlines around the globe began announcing a “World in Grief ” over the loss of “The People’s Princess.” Television, radio, and print media everywhere crowned her the “Queen of Our Hearts,” ...

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3. Beloved Therapies: Oprah and the Hollywood Production of Maternal Horror

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pp. 67-90

With the 1998 release of the motion picture Beloved, the monsters of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel were vividly translated into filmic images, and the “disremembered and unaccounted for” nature of modern racism’s ever-present materiality was, yet again, confirmed.1 ...

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4. Prodigal (Non)Citizens: Teen Pregnancy and Public Health at the Border

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pp. 91-108

Many cultural theorists have established that the “epidemic” of teen pregnancy in the United States is a socially constructed phenomenon, one that arose with the national economic and cultural anxieties of the 1970s. Until the “Adolescent and Family Life Act” was introduced in 1978, ...

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5. Breeding Patriotism: The Widows of 9/11 and the Prime-time Wombs of National Memory

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pp. 109-130

In the weeks following the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, Oprah Winfrey’s television talk show featured pregnant survivors who had lost their spouses. In February 2002, thirty new mothers—all widowed in the attacks of 9/11—graced the cover of People Weekly magazine, each one cradling an infant. ...

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Conclusion: Vivid Defacements

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pp. 131-152

In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, a fleshed-out girl ghost poses a desperate question: How can I say things that are pictures?1 The agony of history and the haunting of the real have produced too many unspeakable things unspoken. Only image-memories testify. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 153-154

My work on this project began many years—many lives, it seems—ago, and I have many individuals and communities to thank for the support they lent to it and to me. But first, those at the University of Minnesota Press who spent their faith, time, and ink to literally make the book: ...

Notes

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pp. 155-192

Index

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pp. 193-202