Techniques of the Observer:
On Vision and Modernity
in the Nineteenth Century
I bought this in Buffalo in 1997, just after I arrived for grad school. I remember reading Susan Howe's course syllabus online and feeling like I needed to get a head start on some of the reading before I arrived. I think I spent all summer reading Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne and then I bought and read this book.
There was another book I bought for the course, whose name I can't recall. I just remember that on the cover there was a picture of a woman in a film still standing before an expressionistic doorway. I am pretty sure it's a film noir and that the book had something to do with images of women in film. I read that one, too, but I can't recall the title.
I think learned what a camera obscura is from reading this book. I learned a lot in Susan Howe's classes, but I'll get to that at some later date.
Next up is the Creeley section, which could take quite a while -- I have 19 Creeley books, 20 if you count both copies of Pieces. I may.