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Female Authorship and the Documentary ImageTheory, Practice and Aesthetics$
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Boel Ulfsdotter and Anna Backman Rogers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419444

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419444.001.0001

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Female Authorship and the Documentary Image

Boel Ulfsdotter

Anna Backman Rogers

Edinburgh University Press

The topic of this book, as well as its companion volume, Female Agency and Documentary Strategies: Subjectivities, Identity and Activism, is an internationally focused study of female authorship in relation to the documentary image. Addressed by a group of scholars and practitioners at the forefront of contemporary views on this issue, these two volumes are defined by a collaborative effort to map and report on authorship from a global perspective. Given the widespread interest, and indeed nearly obsessional need, to document ourselves and the world around us in the contemporary moment, this two-volume monograph addresses issues as varied as: How do theory and praxis coalesce (if at all) for female practitioners within documentary image making practices? How do technology and contemporary media shape the strategies that inform female authorship and subjectivity? Has the digital turn brought about any major shifts in terms of female subject formation and activism? Which is the central mode of address currently in the field? Which are the key issues being dealt with? How is female authorship made manifest within a global context? Why is the notion of authorship of sustained relevance and importance to female documentary practitioners? Is female authorship always implicitly or explicitly imbricate with feminist theory?...

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