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What is Creepy About This Image?

W hy is this image of the mother pressing her baby’s face (drowning her?) against the water in the tub so understated and yet so disturbing? The image comes from a collection titled The Happy Family made by artist-photographer, Laura Shill. Get the irony? Apparently, she’s interested in ideas related to the feminine, the domestic, the body, and it shows in her work.   HERE is a link to her website where you can find other deeply unhappy images in the Happy Family collection.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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