De/Composing gran's photo album

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This is the story of my maternal grandmother's photo album as it is seen through the feminist psychoanalytic eyes of her granddaughter. The photos take on particular meanings as my mother and I ponder over them. The photo album, set against the backdrop of the early twentieth century, tells tales of frivolity and young romance, friendship and daughterhood, extended families and holidays. What is most significant, however, is the way in which the photos are framed within the patriarchal Catholic discourse, which enveloped my grandmother's life. Yet, it is argued that there were, and continue to be, momentary fissures and ruptures in this patriarchal discourse as feminist psychoanalytic frames come into view. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-981
Number of pages27
JournalCultural Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian history
  • Catholicism
  • Cultural Studies
  • feminist psychoanalysis
  • Irigaray
  • women's studies

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