Notes from California’s Native Daughters / Audrey Goodman

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Notes from California’s Native Daughters / Audrey Goodman, in symposium international "Regional Becomings in North America" organisé sous la responsabilité scientifique de Wendy Harding (Cultures Anglo-Saxonnes (CAS), Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France) et Nancy Cook (University of Montana, USA), Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 7-8 avril 2016. Session 5 : Regional Image-Making.

This talk proposes that Rebecca Solnit's personal and literary investigations of northern California and Joan Didion's recollectionsof the culture of ranching in the Sacramento Valley exemplify an innovative mode of regional writing that contends with the affective legacies of California's pioneer individualism and its colonial history.  It considers in particuar how Didion and Solnit use photographs to generate alternate histories and experiment with narrative forms and perspectives.  In themiddle of River of Shadows, Solnit lists all the things that are nearly impossible to photograph, including “the meaning of a place” and “the way that the most unprepossessing landscape can become home.”  In Where I Was From, Didion contrasts the presence of photographs of her California ancestors with the absence of certainty about what her family history means.  Both of these fragmentary and intimate works refute photographic realism in order to challenge the archive of images and stories that have long defined California identity, to keep confronting the notion of a “native” culture, and thus to narrate the contemporary process of feeling and becoming Californian.

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Claire SARAZIN (Réalisation), Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Production), SCPAM / Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Publication), Audrey Goodman (Intervenant)
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Audrey Goodman. UT2J. (2016, 8 avril). Notes from California’s Native Daughters / Audrey Goodman. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. (Consultée le 2 octobre 2023)

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