CFP: Lee Miller (4/19/04 & 8/2/04; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Annalisa Zox-Weaver
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Lee Miller in Focus: Critical Reflections on Photography, World War II, and
the Avant-Garde, a proposed collection edited by Annalisa Zox-Weaver

I am seeking papers for a collection of essays on the work and legacy of Lee
Miller tentatively entitled Lee Miller in Focus: Critical Reflections on
Photography, World War II, and the Avant-Garde. The planned volume will
represent both a timely contribution to the belated but emerging discussion
of one of the finest photographers of the twentieth century, while situating
her work at the heart of the wider concerns of modernism and avant-garde
visual culture. One of its most fundamental contributions will be to
increase understanding of a figure whose work addresses issues ranging from
the role of women in the Surrealist movement to the politics of national
identity during World War II; from the ethics of the photographic image to
the aesthetics of fascism.

I encourage essays that examine the mutual influences or artistic
collaborations between Miller and artists who populated avant-garde networks
(e.g., Max Ernst, Picasso, Henry Moore, Andre Masson, Man Ray); those that
situate her in relation to other photographers (e.g., Kertesz, Brassai, Tina
Modotti, Bernice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White); and those approaching her
work through the lens of other women artists and writers. I am also
interested in pieces that use Miller as a touchstone to explore larger
issues related to modernism, photojournalism, and documentary reportage. The
collection will represent, as broadly as possible in one volume, the breadth
of Miller's work as well as the growing field of criticism on her oeuvre.

Essays selected for this collection will be intended for both scholarly and
educated general audiences (no heavy jargon, please); it will include
previously published essays on Miller, as well as recent and innovative
explorations of her impressive photographic corpus. Pieces focusing solely
on personal biography or anecdotal events are discouraged. This is a
multi-disciplinary volume, encouraging contributions from art historians,
literary critics, feminist theorists, and scholars of visual culture.

To submit an essay for consideration, send a 250-word abstract —either a
hard copy by mail or an e-mail attachment (MSWord Document) —to Inquiries, abstracts, and topic proposals will be fielded
until April 19, 2004. Abstracts should include a brief c.v.. Please identify
any papers previously published or under consideration elsewhere. Essays
chosen for final consideration must be completed by August 2, 2004.

Annalisa Zox-Weaver
Department of English
University of Southern California
Taper Hall of the Humanities 420
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354

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