Analyses visual culture in the contest of British and French Colonial activity in the North Atlantic from 1660-1830.
This study analyses visual culture in the context of British and French colonial activity in the North Atlantic from 1660-1830. It is a response to a noticeable omission in art history and cultural studies, which have largely ignored the diverse and important body of visual imagery relating to colonialism, Atlantic slavery and the development of racial ideology. This collection demonstrates that the visualization of individuals, communities, social types, fictive characters, artefacts and landscapes, played a highly significant role in both the European representation and self-representation of the peoples and places of the Atlantic colonial world. Consequently, it reasserts the primacy of visual culture as an active participant in forming this complex and fluid "imagined community". Drawing contributions from an international group of leading scholars, this volume should prove invaluable to students of art history, particularly those interested in race and culture.
IntroductionQuilley and Kay Dian Kriz. Identifying the Atlantic world - textuality, visuality and hybridity: envisioning the colonial body - the fair, the carnivalesque and the grotesque, Keith Sandiford; colonial exchanges - visualizing racial ideology and labour in Britain and the West Indies, Roxann Wheeler; from Canassatego to Outalissi - making sense of the Native American in 18th-century culture, Stephanie Pratt. Visualizing slavery: curiosities, commodities and transplanted bodies in Hans Sloane's "Voyage to Jamaica", Kay Dian Kriz; pastoral plantations - the slave trade and the representation of British colonial landscape in the late-18th century, Geoff Quilley; John Gabriel Stedman, William Blake, Francesco Bartolozzi and empathetic pornography in the "Narrative of a Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam", Marcus Woods. Revolutionizing Atlantic identities: food chains - French Abolitionism and human consumption (1787-1819), Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby; "The Oath of the Ancestors" by Lethiere "le mul tre" - celebrating the Black/Mulatto alliance in Haiti's struggle for independence, Helen Weston.