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Photographic Memories
Private Pictures, Public Images, and American History
Rob Kroes; Donald Pease, pref.

Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture

2007 • 216 pp. 12 illus. 6 x 9"
Film, TV, Visual Culture / Cultural Studies / Visual Culture

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-593-0

“Rob Kroes draws on his experiences as a Dutch citizen and American studies scholar to consider how photography has mediated significant episodes of change in American history. His topics include immigration, war, the Cold War, 9/11,and U.S. cultural hegemony in Europe.”—The Journal of American History

The role of photographs in the formation of public memories.

Photographic Memories explores the ways photography has helped Americans and Europeans form and share a store of remembered images, thus giving them a sense of their shared past. This gracefully written narrative weaves together impressions, memories, and analysis, negotiating history in a thoroughly original way, and moving deftly from photographic memories of the American Civil War and the Cold War to the iconic images of September 11.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Kroes is a true Renaissance man, attuned to the world around him, finely sensitive to signs, a man of the world, and, as we begin to discover in this autobiography of a European Americanist, a true guide.”—TransAtlantica

"Photographic Memories may inspire readers to think beyond its own conceptual limits about the ways photography trains us to overemphasize the visual dimensions of memory, as well as to consider the persistence of non-photographic forms of memory--individual or collective, official or counter hegemonic--in a hyper-visual age." —Kronoscope

“In his new book Rob Kroes looks at a series of familiar historical occurrences and explains how photographic documentation shaped our collective memory of them... Kroes arrives at a number of highly interesting insights.”—Journal of American Culture

“The move from image to text is highly instructive, particularly with the way images mediate the individual’s experience of citizenship: Rob Kroes’s Photographic Memories: Private Pictures, Public Images, and American History, whose title suggests the book’s central interest in “the interplay between highly personal and profoundly public memories.”

American Literary History

“Rob Kroes is one of Europe’s most distinguished authorities on American culture. He comes to terms, often elegantly, with the overlay of personal and collective memories in ways that are wholly distinctive. This book is carefully crafted, wonderfully modulated, and a joy to read.”—Robert W. Rydell, Professor of History, Montana State University

ROB KROES is Professor of American Studies, emeritus, at the University of Amsterdam. One of Europe’s leading American Studies scholars, he is past president of the European Association for American Studies and is a founder and member of the board of the Netherlands American Studies Association. He is the author of Buffalo Bill in Bologna: The Americanization of the World, 1869–1922 (2005), a book he wrote with R. W. Rydell; Them and Us: Questions of Citizenship in a Globalizing World (2000); and If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen the Mall: Europeans and American Mass Culture (1996), among other books. He also is general editor of the European Contributions to American Studies book series.

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