Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

By: Paul Stuart Landau (editor), Deborah Kaspin (editor)Paperback

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Figurative images have long played a critical, if largely unexamined, role in Africa - mediating relationships between the colonizer and the colonized, the state and the individual, and the global and the local. This pivotal volume considers the meaning and power of images in African history and culture. Paul S. Landau and Deborah Kaspin have assembled a wide-ranging collection of essays dealing with specific visual forms, including monuments, cinema, cartoons, domestic and professional photography, body art, world fairs, and museum exhibits. The contributors, experts in a number of disciplines, discuss various modes of visuality in Africa and of Africa, investigating the interplay of visual images with personal identity, class, gender, politics, and wealth. Integral to the argument of the book are over seventy contextualized illustrations. Africans saw foreigners in margarine wrappers, Tintin cartoons, circus posters, and Hollywood movies; westerners gleaned impressions of Africans from colonial exhibitions, Tarzan films, and naturalist magazines. The authors provide concrete examples of the construction of Africa's image in the modern world. They reveal how imperial iconographies sought to understand, deny, control, or transform authority, as well as the astonishing complexity and hybridity of visual communication within Africa itself.

About Author

Paul S. Landau is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland at College Park, and author of The Realm of the World: Language, Gender, and Christianity in a Southern African Kingdom (1995). Deborah D. Kaspin is an independent scholar.


List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: An Amazing Distance: Pictures and People in Africa Paul Landau 1. "Our Mosquitoes Are Not So Big": Images and Modernity in Zimbabwe Timothy Burke 2. The Sleep of the Brave: Graves as Sites and Signs in the Colonial Eastern Cape David Bunn 3. Tintin and the Interruptions of Congolese Comics Nancy Rose Hunt 4. Cartooning Nigerian Anticolonial Nationalism Tejumola Olaniyan 5. Empires of the Visual: Photography and Colonial Administration in Africa Paul Landau 6. Portraits of Modernity: Fashioning Selves in Dakarois Popular Photography Hudita Nura Mustafa 7. Mami Wata and Santa Marta: Imag(in)ing Selves and Others in Africa and the Americas Henry John Drewal 8. "Captured on Film": Bushmen and the Claptrap of Performative Primitives Robert Gordon 9. Decentering the Gaze at French Colonial Exhibitions Catherine Hodeir 10. The Politics of Bushman Representations Pippa Skotnes 11. Omada Art at the Crossroads of Colonialisms Paula Ben-Amos Girshick 12. Bad Copies: The Colonial Aesthetic and the Manjaco-Portuguese Encounter Eric Gable Conclusion: Signifying Power in Africa Deborah D. Kaspin Bibliography List of Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780520229495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 396
  • ID: 9780520229495
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0520229495

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