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Textual Exposures recognized for social, cultural and intellectual significance

The University of Calgary Press has received a publication subsidy for Textual Exposures: Photography in Twentieth Century Spanish American Narrative Fiction from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. This program recognizes excellence in humanities and social science scholarship and supports expenses related to publication and dissemination of research. The program offers a limited number of awards each year for publications of social, cultural and intellectual significance.

Textual Exposures examines how twentieth-century Spanish American literature has registered photography's powers and limitations, and the creative ways in which writers of this region of the Americas have elaborated in fictional form the conventions and assumptions of this medium. While the book is essentially a study of literary criticism, it also aims to show how texts critically reflect upon the media environment in which they were created. The study examines how these technologies, historically and aesthetically linked to the photographic medium, inform the works of some of the most important writers in Latin America. Author Dan Russek is an associate professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Victoria.

As one of Canada’s few open-access university presses, the University of Calgary Press makes titles published from 2010 onwards available online for download at no charge, including Textual Exposures.