"Undisturbed by colors": photorealism and narrative bioethics in the poetry of William Carlos Williams.
The Journal of medical humanities 2009 Mar ; 30(1): 43-59
Between 1917 and 1935, William Carlos Williams' poetic style shifted from a focus on color to a verbal grayscale of photorealism. Considering this shift alongside of the historical connection between photography and eugenics raises questions about Williams' status as a physician during an era when medical discourse was dominated by theories of scientific racism. While one might conclude that Williams move from color to grayscale represents a capitulation to public health anxieties regarding the pathologized bodies of the immigrant poor, I argue that it is precisely through his adoption of black-and-white photorealism that Williams overturns hereditary notions of degeneracy.
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