India by Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display maps for the first time a series of historical eventsfrom the Raj in the mid-nineteenth century up to the present daythrough which
India was made fashionable to Western audiences within the popular cultural arenas of the imperial metropole. Situated at the convergence of discussions in anthropology, art history, museum studies, and postcolonial criticism, this dynamic study investigates with vivid historical detail how
Indian objects, bodies, images, and narratives circulated through metropolitan space and acquired meaning in an emergent nineteenth-century consumer economy. Through an examination of
India as represented in department stores, museums, exhibitions, painting, and picture postcards of the era, the book carefully confronts the problems and politics of postcolonial display and offers an original and provocative account of the implications of colonial practices for visual production in our contemporary world.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Saloni Mathur is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
List of FiguresAcknowledgments
Introduction. Colonial Patterns,
Indian Styles1. The Indian Village in Victorian Space: The Department Store and the Cult of the Craftsman2. “To Visit the Queen”: On Display at the Colonial and
Indian Exhibition of 18863. The Discrepant Portraiture of Empire: Oil Painting in an Expanded Field 4. Collecting Colonial Postcards: Gender and the Visual Archive5. A Parable of Postcolonial Return: Museums and the Discourse of RestitutionEpilogue. Historical AfterimagesNotesBibliography