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dc.contributor.authorFenton, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-11T05:30:44Z
dc.date.available2016-02-11T05:30:44Z
dc.date.issued2015-08
dc.identifier.otherfenton_ryan_201508_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/fenton_ryan_201508_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/34191
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the ways in which W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood’s Journey to a War and James Agee and Walker Evans’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men deploy the metaphor of the spy to understand the inherently shameful, voyeuristic experience of creating a documentary text. The spy functions to navigate essential tensions between the impulse to produce an objective, realist representation for a middle-class, liberal readership and the alternative impulse to foreground the documentarian’s individual and subjective experience, including the powers of vision and authorship. This tension manifests itself in the form of hybrid phototexts that invoke competing and collaborative points of view, encoded in the character of the spy, as represented via realist and modernist styles. As modernist documentary projects, both texts revise and blur distinctions between realism and modernism in order to establish multivalent representations of reality that highlight perspective and position with respect to power dynamics between subject and object.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightsOn Campus Only Until 2017-08-01
dc.subjectdocumentary modernism
dc.subjectespionage
dc.subjectspy
dc.subjectJourney to a War
dc.subjectLet Us Now Praise Famous Men
dc.subjectrealism
dc.subjectshame
dc.subjectvoyeurism
dc.subjectphotography
dc.subjectrepresentation
dc.subjectperception
dc.subject1930s
dc.subjectobjectivity
dc.subjectsubjectivity
dc.titleSpies and agents
dc.title.alternativedocumentary modernism and the shame of looking in Journey to a war and Let us now praise famous men
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.majorEnglish
dc.description.advisorSusan Rosenbaum
dc.description.committeeSusan Rosenbaum
dc.description.committeeAidan Wasley
dc.description.committeeAdam Parkes


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