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Reading the Visual

A visit with Nancy M. West, Associate Professor, English Department

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: Kodak photography photographs camera memory

The personal element of West’s research

Topics: research photographs

With her first book, West’s motivation came from a personal source: “What could be more personal than a photograph, especially when my childhood contained so few of them?” “To be totally honest,” she says, “my second book was very hard for me, and I think one reason was because crime books are discussed so much. How to make an original intervention really worried me.” West reflects on her motivation for working on her third book: “I think it’s about the anticipation of watching all those Masterpiece Theatre episodes with my mom. I know that sounds corny, but it’s really true!”