The Camera and the Press: American Visual and Print Culture in the Age of the Daguerreotype
Marcy J. Dinius
320 pages | 6 x 9 | 44 illus.
Cloth Apr 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4404-5 | $49.95 | £32.50
A volume in the Material Texts series
"An important and original study of interconnections between the daguerreotype and literary writing during the antebellum period. Dinius does a superb job of recovering the history of American responses to the daguerreotype, showing in particular the complex role of writing itself in that reception."–Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland
Through a wide-ranging examination of antebellum images and literature, The Camera and the Press shows how Americans' first encounter with photography was more textual than visual. This thoroughly illustrated case study reexamines current theories on new media and reconnects print and visual culture in nineteenth-century America.
Read Marcy Dinius's blog post on Frederick Douglass and the daguerreotype.