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THE CHATTER OF THE VISIBLE: MONTAGE AND NARRATIVE IN WEIMAR GERMANY. Patrizia C. McBride. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2016. 246 pp. with 26 ills. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2015-31993 ISBN 9780472053032 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171556. Publisher's description: The Chatter of the Visible examines the paradoxical narrative features of the photo montage 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 a historicized reappraisal of 1920s and 1930s German photo montage 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. ic form of cognition.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — 1900-1945 — Mixed Media/Collage, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171557
Paperbound $39.95    

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