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Photography-Memo ry-History: Reading Diaspora in Snow Falling on Cedars. Chen, Chung-jen National Taiwan Normal University. About the Author. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\.
National Taiwan Normal University
David Guterson (born 1956)
is an American novelist, short story
writer, poet, journalist, and essayist.
He is best known as the author of the novel Snow Falling on Cedars (1994), which won many awards, including the 1995PEN/Faulkner Award.
The novel was adapted for a 1999 film of the same title, directed by Scott Hicks and starring Ethan Hawke.
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations.
Camera Lucida (in French, La Chambre claire) published in 1980 by Roland Barthes. It is simultaneously an inquiry into the nature and essence of photography and a eulogy to Barthes\'s late mother. The book investigates the effects of photography on the spectator.
Written after the death of his mother, Camera Lucida is as much a reflection on death as it is on photography. Barthes died unexpectedly in an automobile accident soon after the publication of Camera Lucida.
The book develops the twin concepts of studium and punctum:
studium (知面) denoting the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph
punctum (刺點) denoting the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it
“Photography never lies.”
photography affirms that the object on
the print does exist.
“Death is the eidos of that photograph.”
The photographic experience is always
an experience of the past; Every photographic
image signals “the return of the dead.”
“History is hysterical: it is constituted only if we
consider it, only if we look at it—and in order to
look at it, we must be excluded from it.”
“The tension between memory and history is
an active process that moves both ways: from
memory to history as well as from history to
The family photograph placed neatly over the fireplace.
The family photographs that Hatsue’s father brings with him to internment.
Hatsue’s father stares at the family photography to ensure his memory of his family.
Photographs remind Hatsue’s father of the connection he has with his family.
Ishmael’s father at work with his camera.
The photographs placed under the glass pad on Ishmael’s desk.
After Ishmael was gunned down, his distorted memory is presented with a wild and fast-paced montage.