Family Secrets

Family Secrets:Acts of Memory and Imagination

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“Reshapes the relations between feminism and cultural studies.” —Meaghan Morris

Annette Kuhn’s work as a theorist of culture has won her a wide reputation for dissecting film and other images in books such as Women’s Pictures and The Power of the Image. In Family Secrets, she turns her attention to the deconstruction of pictures closer to home—photographs from her own childhood and images from her shared ethnographic past—to trace a trajectory from personal to collective acts of memory.


  • An absorbing and beautiful book that reshapes the relations between feminism and cultural studies. Kuhn’s ‘memory work’ teaches us new ways of learning to make our own personal and collective histories.

    Meaghan Morris
  • An accessible, self-questioning, thoughtful book which takes one on a fascinating, labyrinthine journey from the family photograph album to filmic representations of the past.

    Raphael Samuel
  • Kuhn ... is one of those rare academics whose prose is a pleasure to read: clear, evocative and accessible.

    New Statesman