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The Chatter of the Visible examines the paradoxical narrative features of the photomontage aesthetics of artists associated with Dada, Constructivism, and the New Objectivity. While montage strategies have commonly been associated with the purposeful interruption of and challenge to narrative consistency and continuity, McBride offers an historicized reappraisal of 1920s and 1930s German photomontage work to show that its peculiar mimicry was less a rejection of narrative and more an extension or permutation of it—a means for thinking in narrative textures exceeding constraints imposed by “flat” print media (especially the novel and other literary genres). McBride’s contribution to the conversation around Weimar-era montage is in her situation of the form of the work as a discursive practice in its own right, which affords humans a new way to negotiate temporality, as a particular mode of thinking that productively relates the particular to the universal, or as a culturally specific form of cognition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Weimar-Era Montage: Perception, Expression, Storytelling
  2. pp. 14-40
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  1. 2. The Narrative Restitution of Experience: Walter Benjamin’s Storytelling
  2. pp. 41-61
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  1. 3. Storytelling in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility: Benjamin on Film and Montage
  2. pp. 62-82
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  1. 4. Narrating in Three Dimensions: László Moholy-Nagy’s “Vision in Motion”
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. 5. Narrative Resemblance and the Modernist Photobook
  2. pp. 111-147
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  1. 6. Abstraction and Montage in the Work of Kurt Schwitters
  2. pp. 148-177
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  1. Conclusion: Montage after Weimar
  2. pp. 178-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-220
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-236
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472121700
Related ISBN
9780472073030
MARC Record
OCLC
978667431
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-29
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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