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Patrizia C. McBride examines the paradoxical narrative features of the photo montage aesthetics of artists associated with Dada, Constructivism and the New Objectivity in her new book, The Chatter of the Visible: Montage and Narrative in Weimar Germany. These montages have commonly been associated with the purposeful interruption of a narrative, but she offers new refreshing perspectives on the Weimar montage. Providing a compelling argument that these narrative textures actually exceed constraints imposed by "flat" print media, her masterful analysis is path-breaking for Literary and Media Studies.
McBride is professor of 20th-century German literature, culture and aesthetic theory in the Department of German Studies at Cornell. The event was sponsored by Olin Library as part of the Cornell University Library's Chats in the Stack series.