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Mocking Photographic Truth: The Case of HA!
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2013 (English)In: Image [&] Narrative, ISSN 1780-678X, Vol. 14, no 3, 178-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Starting with the premise that careful examinations of the practices of photographic usage in literaturehelp us re-think, revise, and reconfigure theoretical precepts, the article investigates the multiple gamesplayed with and by the photographic images in Gordon Sheppard’s HA!: A Self-Murder Mystery (2003), acompelling yet surprisingly little researched multimodal novel. The discussion is framed by two generalpoints: first, the prevailing agreement that what distinguishes the photographic image from other imagesis its indexical nature, and, second, the tendency to disregard the way the photograph is embedded inthe narrative. Focusing on the photograph of the human figure, generally viewed as a particularly strongbearer of veracity, evidence, and truth, the article traces the various ways in which the actual use of thephotographic image in HA! forces the reader/viewer to see deceit and fakery, not truth, as the properdomain of the photograph. Throughout, the article attends to the ways in which the verbal narrativeand the photograph are braided together, that is, it emphasizes the mutuality of word and image in themeta-project of re-configuring the reader’s expectations of truth and mimesis when dealing with what isconventionally viewed as documentary modes.

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2013. Vol. 14, no 3, 178-192 p.
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photographic image, truth, HA!, Gordon Sheppard
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213794OAI: diva2:683494
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