Facing the Fact: Word and Image in Muriel Rukeyser’s 'Worlds Alongside'

Catherine Gander

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This essay explores an example of a little-known, yet highly significant part of Rukeyser’s early oeuvre: the magazine photo-narrative. Profoundly engaged with the documentary expression of the 1930s, Rukeyser utilised the genre’s methods, aesthetics and images to create a hybrid text reporting the realities of the Depression in lyrical, imaginative terms. The result is a conflation of what Rukeyser understood to constitute poetry, and therefore life: the document and the unverifiable fact, presented in an innovative format that is shaped by Rukeyser’s ethical poetics of connection to construct lessons in creative exchange and being in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-328
JournalJournal of Narrative Theory
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies


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