Final Project Proposal
For my final project I plan on focusing on the idea of “credibility” that’s present in many ways throughout House of Leaves. This topic was greatly inspired by the following statement: “Ironically, the very technology that instructs us to mistrust the image also creates the means by which to accredit it”, stated by Zampano. I want to do extensive research on the development of this idea, which I believe ultimately begins with the emergence of technology. In short, I’m trying to argue that while it has provided the world of film and photography with methods of enhancing their images, technology has become the ultimate reason that images can no longer be trusted or held as truthful. I plan on obtaining this information through books written on photography/film and the psychology of these as well.
I also want to relate the main argument to the supposed differences between Hollywood films and documentaries (which was talked about in the book), and link that to why the Navidson Record is so intensely critiqued for being fabricated (which in reality, it is completely nonexistent). Basically I’m interested in how the entire novel is built around the question of credibility, including a blind man who critiques a made-up film and Johnny who is openly dishonest. I obviously have quite a few ideas, but in the end I hope to narrow it down and thoroughly investigate the fabrication that is continuously seen and discussed in House of Leaves.