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ERIC Number: EJ776846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Looking White and Middle-Class: Stereoscopic Imagery and Technology in the Early Twentieth-Century United States
Malin, Brenton J.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v93 n4 p403-424 Nov 2007
This essay explores a series of discourses surrounding the images of the early twentieth-century stereoscope, focusing on Underwood & Underwood of Ottawa, Kansas, and the Keystone View Company, of Meadville, Pennsylvania. By publishing images of particular geographic areas and historical events, as well as compendium volumes that included instruction on the appropriate uses and meanings of stereoscopic photos and technology, these companies reproduced a series of rhetorical screens which sought to frame stereoscopy as a particularly high-tech, middle-class, white way of looking. Hence, this early twentieth-century stereoscopic imagery suggests important concepts for the study of visual rhetoric, illustrating some important ways in which technological and institutional discourses work to delimit the experience of particular photographic images. (Contains 77 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States