Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Phenomena in Multimodal Communication (KLUA 2018)

“This is me with Augustine, February 21, 1943”: Importance of Photographs in Everything Is Illuminated

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Md Abu Shahid Abdullah
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Md Abu Shahid Abdullah
Available Online July 2018.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/klua-18.2018.3How to use a DOI?
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communication, historiography, multimodal, photographs, reality, trauma
Abstract

Multimodal communication can simply be defined as communication through modes such as pictures, gestures, sign languages, and such. Photographs are relevant to literary studies because they too can narrate. Photographs can perform as unreliable narrators, drawing fuzzy borders between reality and imagination and destabilizing the concept of absolute truth. Photographs are embedded within collective memory and are able to build a foundation for remembrance. They demonstrate that memory in photos exceeds that of orality. In Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated, photographs take a vital role along with written language. The paper aims at demonstrating the importance of photographs as a means to shed lights on constructs such as truth, emotions, memory and space. It deals with how photos communicate with people, how they can be differently perceived and why one should not accept their images as free from manipulation. The next part investigates what emotions photographs can stand for, and the connection between them and the be holder. Finally, the paper dwells on discourses photographs become intertwined with throughout the narration of the novel.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Phenomena in Multimodal Communication (KLUA 2018)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
July 2018
ISBN
978-94-6252-547-4
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2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/klua-18.2018.3How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2018, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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