Double Vision: Art Histories and Colonial Histories in the Pacific

Double Vision: Art Histories and Colonial Histories in the Pacific

by Nicholas Thomas
     
 

Taking as its departure point Bernard Smith's classic study, European Vision and the South Pacific (1960), Double Vision explores the ambivalences of European perceptions of the Pacific and juxtaposes them with the indigenous visual cultures that challenge Western assumptions about art and representation. Double Vision addresses these larger interpretive questions… See more details below

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Taking as its departure point Bernard Smith's classic study, European Vision and the South Pacific (1960), Double Vision explores the ambivalences of European perceptions of the Pacific and juxtaposes them with the indigenous visual cultures that challenge Western assumptions about art and representation. Double Vision addresses these larger interpretive questions through case studies of the cultures of voyages, colonial art, and indigenous affirmations of identity. It suggests that images and texts can be combined through a new practice of innovative, visually oriented cultural history. This approach yields a fresh understanding of history colonialism and culture in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521659987
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Contributors
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IVoyages
1Re-imagining Juan Fernandez: probability, possibility and pretence in the South Seas19
2Images of monarchy: Kamehameha I and the art of Louis Choris44
3Art as ethno-historical text: science, representation and indigenous presence in eighteenth and nineteenth century oceanic voyage literature65
Pt. IIColonies
4The penitentiary as paradise103
5Under Saturn: melancholy and the colonial imagination131
6Looking at Goldie: face to face with 'All 'e Same T'e Pakeha'163
Pt. IIIImaginings beyond colonialism
7Voices beyond the Pae193
8The importance of birds: or the relationship between art and anthropology reconsidered210
Pt. IVCounter-colonial imaginings
9Past present: the local art of colonial quotation231
Visual essay - Australian icons: notes on perception252
Clumsy utopians: an afterword257
Bibliography275
Index278

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