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Dr Caroline Blinder

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer in English and American Literature
Email c.blinder (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7820

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Tufts University, 1988
  • MA Northwestern University, 1990
  • PhD, Kings College, 1995
  • Lecturer, Southampton University, 1995-2003, appointed Goldsmiths College, 2003

Teaching

Dr Caroline Blinder currently convenes Modern American Fiction, Dustbowl to Dreamfactory, and Hollywood Cinema 1915-1945. She also convenes an MA course: Documenting America: The American Photo-Text 1900-1959.

 

Areasof supervision

Caroline has previously and is currently supervising a number of Ph.Ds on cinema and film theory, The Photographer Robert Frank, Faulkner, Deserts and Travel Writing, Henry Miller and Ezra Pound, British Golden Age Detective Fiction, The Sublime in American literature and Culture, The Beats and Thanatos, and African American Literature. She is particularly interested in supervising work on the interplay of writing and photography; writing and visual culture from the 1900 and onwards; Beat writing; literature and politics in the 20th Century.

Research Interests

My research interests include 19th and 20th Century American literature, in particular writing from the 1930s and the intersections between literature and politics, ideology and aesthetics. In particular, I have written on philosophy and aesthetics in transcontinental literature, on the use of obscenity and the infusion of Surrealism into American writing. For a number of years, I have been working on photography; its use in documentary studies and how images interact with writing. My most recent project traces transcendental and aesthetic devices in a number of photo-textual collaborations between writers and photographers in the first half of the 20th Century.  

I am also working on a special edition for The Journal of American Studies on New Topographics: American Landscape Photography.  My contriubution to the online Oxford Research Encyclopedia on the Photo- Text is now accessible under 'recent publications'(June 2017).

Publications

Book

The American Photo-Text 1930-1960
Blinder, Caroline. 2017. The American Photo-Text 1930-1960. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-1474404105

A Kind of Patriotism: Jack Kerouac's Introduction to Robert Frank's The Americans
Blinder, Caroline. 2006. A Kind of Patriotism: Jack Kerouac's Introduction to Robert Frank's The Americans. Rodopi. ISBN 9042016981

Its Beautiful Visual Entirety: Kerouac's introduction to Frank's The Americans
Blinder, Caroline. 2005. Its Beautiful Visual Entirety: Kerouac's introduction to Frank's The Americans. Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 1904303463

A Selfmade Surrealist – Ideology and Aesthetics in the Work of Henry Miller
Blinder, Caroline. 2000. A Selfmade Surrealist – Ideology and Aesthetics in the Work of Henry Miller. NC: Camden House. ISBN 978-1571131331

Edited Book

New Critical Essays on James Agee and Walker Evans: Perspectives on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Blinder, Caroline, ed. 2010. New Critical Essays on James Agee and Walker Evans: Perspectives on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230102927

Book Section

Ruses and Ruminations: The Architecture of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Blinder, Caroline. 2017. Ruses and Ruminations: The Architecture of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. In: , ed. 75 Years Later: The Centenary Edition of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Knoxville: U.of Tennessee Press.

Fragments of the Future: Walker Evans’s Polaroids
Blinder, Caroline. 2016. Fragments of the Future: Walker Evans’s Polaroids. In: Catherine Gander and Sarah Garland, eds. Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

‘Ruses and Ruminations: The Architecture of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men’
Blinder, Caroline. 2016. ‘Ruses and Ruminations: The Architecture of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men’. In: Michael Lofaro, ed. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Knoxville: U. of Tennessee Press.

Through an American Lens : Camera Work (1903-17); 291 (1915-16); Manuscripts (1922-3)
Blinder, Caroline. 2012. Through an American Lens : Camera Work (1903-17); 291 (1915-16); Manuscripts (1922-3). In: Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker, eds. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Volume II: North America 1894-1960. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 271-292. ISBN 9780199545810

Sitting Pretty: Municipal Chairs in the Photography of Doisneau and Kertész
Blinder, Caroline. 2012. Sitting Pretty: Municipal Chairs in the Photography of Doisneau and Kertész. In: , ed. The Everyday in Modernist Practice. London: European Modernism Association.

James Agee
Blinder, Caroline. 2012. James Agee. In: Mark Durden and Henry Bond, eds. Fifty Key Writers on Photography. London: Routledge, pp. 3-7. ISBN 978-0415549455

Wright Morris
Blinder, Caroline. 2012. Wright Morris. In: Mark Durden, ed. Fifty Key Writers on Photography. London: Routledge, pp. 175-180. ISBN 978-0415549455

Sitting Pretty: Modernism and the Municipal Chair in the Photographs of André Kertész and Robert Doisneau
Blinder, Caroline. 2011. Sitting Pretty: Modernism and the Municipal Chair in the Photographs of André Kertész and Robert Doisneau. In: Sascha Bru; Laurence Nuijs; Benedikt Hjartarson; Peter Nicholls; Tania Ørum and Hubert Berg, eds. Regarding the Popular : Modernism, the Avant-Garde and High and Low Culture. (2) Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 191-204. ISBN 9783110274691

‘Brassaï’s Chair , Henry Miller and The Eye of Paris’
Blinder, Caroline. 2011. ‘Brassaï’s Chair , Henry Miller and The Eye of Paris’. In: Natasha Gregorian, ed. Text and Image Relations in Modern European Culture. Indiana: U. of Purdue Press.

Animating the Gudgers : On the Problems of a Cinematic Aesthetic in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Blinder, Caroline. 2010. Animating the Gudgers : On the Problems of a Cinematic Aesthetic in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. In: Caroline Blinder, ed. New Critical Essays on James Agee and Walker Evans : Perspectives on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 145-164. ISBN 9780230102927

Introduction
Blinder, Caroline. 2010. Introduction. In: Caroline Blinder, ed. New Critical Essays on James Agee and Walker Evans: Perspectives on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-22. ISBN 978-0230102927

The Bachelor’s Drawer: Art and Artefact in the Work of Wright Morris
Blinder, Caroline. 2009. The Bachelor’s Drawer: Art and Artefact in the Work of Wright Morris. In: Mick Gidley, ed. Writing With Light – Words and Photographs in American Texts. London: Peter Lang, pp. 63-81. ISBN 978-3039115723

‘Not so Innocent: Vision and Culpability in Weegee’s Photographs of Children’
Blinder, Caroline. 2009. ‘Not so Innocent: Vision and Culpability in Weegee’s Photographs of Children’. In: Marlene Kadar; Jeanne Perreault and Linda Warley, eds. Photographs, Histories, and Meanings. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 9-25. ISBN 978-0230617704

All things Either Good or Ungood: American Pictures Revisited in Jacob Holdt’s United States 1970-1975
Blinder, Caroline. 2008. All things Either Good or Ungood: American Pictures Revisited in Jacob Holdt’s United States 1970-1975. In: Brett Rogers, ed. Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2008. London: Photographers' Gallery, pp. 69-72. ISBN 978-0907879831

A Kind of Patriotism: Jack Kerouac's Introduction to Robert Frank's The Americans
Blinder, Caroline. 2006. A Kind of Patriotism: Jack Kerouac's Introduction to Robert Frank's The Americans. In: Rui Carvalho Homem and Maria de Fatima Lambert, eds. Writing and Seeing: Essays on Word and Image. (95) Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, pp. 235-244. ISBN 9042016981

Entries on Anais Nin, Erskine Caldwell, and Surrealism
Blinder, Caroline. 2006. Entries on Anais Nin, Erskine Caldwell, and Surrealism. In: Gaëtan Brulotte and John Phillips, eds. The Encyclopaedia of Erotic Literature. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1579584412

Its Beautiful Visual Entirety: Kerouac's introduction to Frank's The Americans
Blinder, Caroline. 2005. Its Beautiful Visual Entirety: Kerouac's introduction to Frank's The Americans. In: D. Cunningham; A. Fisher and S. Mays, eds. Photography and Literature in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 109-122. ISBN 1904303463

‘Love Under the Sky: On Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac’
Blinder, Caroline. 2005. ‘Love Under the Sky: On Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac’. In: Rui Carvalho Homen and Maria d Fatima Lambert, eds. Writing and Seeing: Essays on Literature and the Visual Arts. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 215-234.

Entries on André Breton, Jack Kerouac, and Edgar Allan Poe
Blinder, Caroline. 2005. Entries on André Breton, Jack Kerouac, and Edgar Allan Poe. In: Bill Marshall, ed. France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (Transatlantic Relations). ABC –Clio Publications. ISBN 978-1851094110

‘Between the Unimagined and the Imagined: Photographic Aesthetics and Literary Illumination in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men’
Blinder, Caroline. 1999. ‘Between the Unimagined and the Imagined: Photographic Aesthetics and Literary Illumination in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men’. In: Wim Tigges, ed. Moments of Moment: Aspects of the Literary Epiphany. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Brill | Rodopi. ISBN 978-9042006362

Article

American Alphabet: Photo-textual Politics in Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall's Time in New England (1950)
Blinder, Caroline. 2015. American Alphabet: Photo-textual Politics in Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall's Time in New England (1950). Journal of American Studies, ISSN 0021-8758

‘American Alphabet: Photo-Textual Politics in Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall's Time in New England, 1950’, The Journal of American Studies (OUP). 2015
Blinder, Caroline. 2015. ‘American Alphabet: Photo-Textual Politics in Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall's Time in New England, 1950’, The Journal of American Studies (OUP). 2015. Journal of American Studies, ISSN 0021-8758

The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League 1936–1951: Mason Klein and Catherine Evans (eds)
Blinder, Caroline. 2013. The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League 1936–1951: Mason Klein and Catherine Evans (eds). Photography and Culture, 6(1), pp. 107-112. ISSN 1751-4517

`Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places': Brassaï in André Breton's 'Mad Love'
Blinder, Caroline. 2005. `Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places': Brassaï in André Breton's 'Mad Love'. History of Photography, 29(2), pp. 114-122. ISSN 03087298

The Transparent Eyeball: On Emerson and Walker Evans
Blinder, Caroline. 2004. The Transparent Eyeball: On Emerson and Walker Evans. Mosaic, 37(4), pp. 149-163. ISSN 00271276

La Révolte Enfantine: On Georges Bataille's “La Morale de Miller” and Jean-Paul Sartre's “Un Nouveau Mystique”
Blinder, Caroline. 1998. La Révolte Enfantine: On Georges Bataille's “La Morale de Miller” and Jean-Paul Sartre's “Un Nouveau Mystique”. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 40(1), pp. 39-47. ISSN 0011-1619

'A Deadly Fascination: Heterology and Fascism in the Writings of Georges Bataille, Yukio Mishima, and Henry Miller'
Blinder, Caroline. 1993. 'A Deadly Fascination: Heterology and Fascism in the Writings of Georges Bataille, Yukio Mishima, and Henry Miller'. Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 2, ISSN 1133-309-X