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De/composing Gran's photo album

journal contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Anne Keary
This is the story of my maternal grandmother's photo album as it is seen through the feminist psychoanalytic eyes of her granddaughter. The photos take on particular meanings as my mother and I ponder over them. The photo album, set against the backdrop of the early twentieth century, tells tales of frivolity and young romance, friendship and daughterhood, extended families and holidays. What is most significant, however, is the way in which the photos are framed within the patriarchal Catholic discourse, which enveloped my grandmother's life. Yet, it is argued that there were, and continue to be, momentary fissures and ruptures in this patriarchal discourse as feminist psychoanalytic frames come into view.

History

Journal

Cultural studies

Volume

27

Issue

6

Pagination

955 - 981

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0950-2386

eISSN

1466-4348

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis