Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa / Edition 1

Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa / Edition 1

by Paul S. Landau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520229495

ISBN-13: 9780520229495

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Author Biography: 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520229495
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Amazing Distance: Pictures and People in Africa1
1"Our Mosquitoes Are Not So Big": Images and Modernity in Zimbabwe41
2The Sleep of the Brave: Graves as Sites and Signs in the Colonial Eastern Cape56
3Tintin and the Interruptions of Congolese Comics90
4Cartooning Nigerian Anticolonial Nationalism124
5Empires of the Visual: Photography and Colonial Administration in Africa141
6Portraits of Modernity: Fashioning Selves in Dakarois Popular Photography172
7Mami Wata and Santa Marta: Imag(in)ing Selves and Others in Africa and the Americas193
8"Captured on Film": Bushmen and the Claptrap of Performative Primitives212
9Decentering the Gaze at French Colonial Exhibitions233
10The Politics of Bushman Representations253
11Ornada Art at the Crossroads of Colonialisms275
12Bad Copies: The Colonial Aesthetic and the Manjaco-Portuguese Encounter294
Conclusion: Signifying Power in Africa320
Bibliography337
List of Contributors371
Index375

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