Making use of photographs to enhance cultural understanding: American studies approach

Dukut, Ekawati Marhaenny (2004) Making use of photographs to enhance cultural understanding: American studies approach. In: The Tapestry of English Language Teaching and Learning in Indonesia. State University of malang Press, Malang, pp. 307-316. ISBN 9794955396

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Abstract

Making use of photography can be an interesting way to support the teaching of literature such as the novel. Photographs capture the reality of an era and can be a means to study in detail daily human life. In comparison to films or videos, the photograph is more reliable because it is not time-consuming as it quickly sets students to focus on a chosen unedited image sustaining the original literary text. Furthermore, as used in the mass media like newspapers and magazines, the photograph offers a wealth of material and realistic illustrations as an indispensable way of reinforcing and varying the written explanation. To capture more of the representation of a particular culture's era through a novel, the American Studies approach engulfs the use of photography as an essential medium in the Novel Analysis course. This chapter whose earlier version was presented as a conference paper (Dukut, 2002) aims to show how photographs as images can give a solid understanding of the American cultural identity in the Great Depression era. A number of photographs are presented and discussed to enhance the understanding of John Steinbeck's (1970) The Grapes of Wrath.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: 400 Language
Divisions: Faculty of Language and Art
Depositing User: Ms Ekawati Marhaenny Dukut
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2019 00:39
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2022 04:23
URI: http://repository.unika.ac.id/id/eprint/19197

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