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Remaking Reality
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After World War II, U.S. documentarians engaged in a rigorous rethinking of established documentary practices and histories. Responding to the tumultuous transformations of the postwar era--the atomic age, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the emergence of the environmental movement, immigration and refugee crises, student activism, the globalization of labor, and the financial collapse of 2008--documentary makers increasingly reconceived reality as the site of social conflict and saw their work as instrumental to struggles for justice. Examining a wide range of forms and media, including sound recording, narrative journalism, drawing, photography, film, and video, this book is a daring interdisciplinary study of documentary culture and practice from 1945 to the present. Essays by leading scholars across disciplines collectively explore the activist impulse of documentarians who not only record reality but also challenge their audiences to take part in reality's remaking.

In addition to the editors, the volume's contributors include Michael Mark Cohen, Grace Elizabeth Hale, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Jonathan Kahana, Leigh Raiford, Rebecca M. Schreiber, Noah Tsika, Laura Wexler, and Daniel Worden.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Sara Blair, Joseph B. Entin, Franny Nudelman
  3. pp. 1-13
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  1. Let There Be Light and the Military Talking Picture
  2. Jonathan Kahana, Noah Tsika
  3. pp. 14-34
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  1. Death in Life: Documenting Survival after Hiroshima
  2. Franny Nudelman
  3. pp. 35-54
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  1. I Saw It!: The Photographic Witness of Barefoot Gen
  2. Laura Wexler
  3. pp. 55-82
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  1. Speculative Ecology: Rachel Carson’s Environmentalist Documentaries
  2. Daniel Worden
  3. pp. 83-98
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  1. Participatory Documentary: Recording the Sound of Equality in the Southern Civil Rights Movement
  2. Grace Elizabeth Hale
  3. pp. 99-119
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  1. After the Fact: Postwar Dissent and the Art of Documentary
  2. Sara Blair
  3. pp. 120-150
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  1. Working Photography: Labor Documentary and Documentary Labor in the Neoliberal Age
  2. Joseph B. Entin
  3. pp. 151-171
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  1. Counterdocuments: Undocumented Youth Activists, Documentary Media, and the Politics of Visibility
  2. Rebecca M. Schreiber
  3. pp. 172-191
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  1. At Berkeley: Documenting the University in an Age of Austerity
  2. Michael Mark Cohen, Leigh Raiford
  3. pp. 192-209
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  1. Afterword
  2. Matthew Frye Jacobson
  3. pp. 210-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-234
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 235-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-251
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