Photo-Text Topographics: Memory and Place in Sally Mann's Hold Still

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Abstract

This article explores Sally Mann's memoir Hold Still (2015) as a complex photo-text that excavates, mediates and shapes memories, both of her family and of the US South more broadly. Theorizing photo-text topographics, the article argues that various landscapes (regional, memorative, aesthetic) are mediated by the interrelation between word and image. Mann's depictions of her children, southern location, and – most explicitly – black–white relations in the United States will be shown to reveal how the past can never be “held still.”
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of American Studies
Early online date5 Feb 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Feb 2020

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