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  • Illustrations  ix
    Reprint Acknowledgments  xi
    Acknowledgments  xv
    Introduction: The Work of Vision in the Age of European Empires / Sumathi Ramaswamy  1
    Section I: The Imperial Optic  
    Introduction / Martin Jay and Sumathi Ramaswamy  25
    Part 1: Empires of the Palette  
    1. The Walls of Images / Serge Gruzinski  47
    2. Painting as Exploration: Visualizing Nature in Eighteenth-Century Colonial Science / Daniela Bleichmar  64
    3. Indian Yellow: Making and Breaking the Imperial Palette / Jordanna Bailkin  91
    4. Colonial Panaromania / Roger Benjamin  111
    Part 2. The Mass-Printed Imperium  
    5. Objects of Knowledge: Oceanic Artifacts in European Engravings / Nicholas Thomas  141
    6. Excess in the City? Consumption of Imported Prints in Colonial Calcutta, c. 1780–c. 1795 / Natasha Eaton  159
    7. Advertising and the Optics of Colonial Power at the Fin de Siècle / David Ciarlo  189
    Part 3. Mapping, Claiming, Reclaiming  
    8. Mapping Plus Ultra: Cartography, Space, and Hispanic Modernity / Ricardo Padrón  211
    9. Mapping an Exotic World: The Global Project of Dutch Cartography, circa 1700 / Benjamin Schmidt  246
    10. Visual Regimes of Colonization: European and Aboriginal Seeing in Australia / Terry Smith  267
    Part 4. The Imperial Lens  
    11. The Photography Complex: Exposing Boxer-Era China (1900–1901), Making Civilization / James L. Hevia  283
    12. Colonial Theaters of Proof: Representation and Laughter in the 1930s Rockefeller Foundation Hygeine Cinema in Java / Eric A. Stein  315
    13. Colonialism and the Built Space of Cinema / Brian Larkin  346
    Section II. Postcolonial Looking  
    Introduction / Martin Jay and Sumathi Ramaswamy  377
    Part 5. Subaltern Seeing: An Overlap of Complexities  
    14. Speaking Back to Orientalist Discourse / Zeynep Çelik  395
    15. Maps, Mother/Goddesses, and Martyrdom in Modern India / Sumathi Ramaswamy  415
    16. Notes from the Surface of the Image: Photography, Postcolonialism, and Vernacular Modernism / Christopher Pinney  450
    17. "I Am Rendered Speechless by Your Idea of Beauty": The Picturesque in History and Art in the Postcolony / Krista A. Thompson  471
    18. Fanon, Algeria, and the Cinema: The Politics of Identification / Robert Stam  503
    Part 6. Regarding and Reconstituting Europe  
    19. Creole Europe: The Reflection of a Reflection / Christopher Pinney  539
    20. Picasso, Africa, and the Schemata of Difference / Simon Gikandi  566
    21. Double Dutch and the Culture Game / Olu Oguibe  594
    Conclusion. A Parting Glance: Empire and Visuality / Martin Jay  609
    Contributors  621
    Index  629
  • Sumathi Ramaswamy

    Martin Jay

    Serge Gruzinski

    Daniela Bleichmar

    Jordanna Bailkin

    Roger Benjamin

    Nicholas Thomas

    Natasha Eaton

    David Ciarlo

    Ricardo Padrón

    Benjamin Schmidt

    Terry Smith

    James L. Hevia

    Eric A. Stein

    Brian Larkin

    Zeynep Çelik

    Christopher Pinney

    Krista A. Thompson

    Robert Stam

    Simon Gikandi

    Olu Oguibe

  • "Empires of Vision is one of those books that had to be written, and that required, not a single author but an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan collective of scholarly learning and critical passion. In a brilliant series of interventions, the authors gathered here survey the full range of ways in which imperialism worked its black magic, not just with the standard tools of armies and military technologies, bureaucracies and gunboats, but with photographs, paintings, maps, and the whole range of visual arts and media. This is essential reading for art historians, anthropologists, and scholars of visual culture across the globe."—W. J. T. Mitchell, author of Seeing Through Race

    "The culture of empire has been assessed and analyzed most frequently on the evidence of its "writings." It is the inscriptive archives of law, literature, anthropology, history, theology, amongst others, that have dominated our view of the representational conditions and ideological commitments that prevail in colonial societies. But empire was a potent apparatus for looking, viewing, and gazing—an act of surveillance, an art of regulation, and a profound shaper of visual culture. No collaboration could be as fruitful as the shared spirits of Martin Jay and Sumathi Ramaswamy, who serve as our gifted cicerones in the world of empire's seeing. They have gathered together some of the most important essays that explore the visual domain of empire's rule and misrule, and their anthology will have a transformative effect on art history, the history of ideas, and postcolonial studies."—Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

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  • Description

    Empires of Vision brings together pieces by some of the most influential scholars working at the intersection of visual culture studies and the history of European imperialism. The essays and excerpts focus on the paintings, maps, geographical surveys, postcards, photographs, and other media that comprise the visual milieu of colonization, struggles for decolonization, and the lingering effects of empire. Taken together, they demonstrate that an appreciation of the role of visual experience is necessary for understanding the functioning of hegemonic imperial power and the ways that the colonized subjects spoke, and looked, back at their imperial rulers. Empires of Vision also makes a vital point about the complexity of image culture in the modern world: We must comprehend how regimes of visuality emerged globally, not only in the metropole but also in relation to the putative margins of a world that increasingly came to question the very distinction between center and periphery.

    Contributors. Jordanna Bailkin, Roger Benjamin, Daniela Bleichmar, Zeynep Çelik, David Ciarlo, Natasha Eaton, Simon Gikandi, Serge Gruzinski, James L. Hevia, Martin Jay, Brian Larkin, Olu Oguibe, Ricardo Padrón, Christopher Pinney, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Benjamin Schmidt, Terry Smith, Robert Stam, Eric A. Stein, Nicholas Thomas, Krista A. Thompson

    About The Author(s)

    Martin Jay is Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many books, including Downcast Eyes, The Dialectical Imagination, and Marxism and Totality.

    Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History at Duke University. She is the author of The Goddess and the Nation, also published by Duke University Press; The Lost Land of Lemuria, and Passions of the Tongue.