But as James R. Ryan argues in Picturing Empire, Victorian photographs reveal as much about the imaginative landscapes of imperial culture as they do about the "real" subjects captured within their frames.
Author: James R. Ryan
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Coinciding with the extraordinary expansion of Britain's overseas empire under Queen Victoria, the invention of photography allowed millions to see what they thought were realistic and unbiased pictures of distant peoples and places. This supposed accuracy also helped to legitimate Victorian geography's illuminations of the "darkest" recesses of the globe with the "light" of scientific mapping techniques. But as James R. Ryan argues in Picturing Empire, Victorian photographs reveal as much about the imaginative landscapes of imperial culture as they do about the "real" subjects captured within their frames. Ryan considers the role of photography in the exploration and domestication of foreign landscapes, in imperial warfare, in the survey and classification of "racial types," in "hunting with the camera," and in teaching imperial geography to British schoolchildren. Ryan's careful exposure of the reciprocal relation between photographic image and imperial imagination will interest all those concerned with the cultural history of the British Empire.
Falconer, “A Pure Labor of Love,” 52–55, 71–72, 79. Ryan, Picturing Empire, 156,
158. Pinney, Camera Indica, 44. Nerissa S. Balce, Body Parts of Empire: Visual
Abjection, Filipino Images, and the American Archive (Ann Arbor, 2016), 50–51, ...
Author: Andrew J. Rotter
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"This groundbreaking work offers a sensory history of the British in India from the formal imposition of their rule to its end (1857-1947) and the Americans in the Philippines from annexation to independence (1898-1946). A social and cultural history of empire, it analyzes how the senses created mutual impressions of the agents of imperialism and their subjects, and highlights connections between apparently disparate items, including the lived experience of empire, the comments (and complaints) found in memoirs and reports, the appearance of lepers, the sound of bells, the odor of excrement, the feel of cloth against skin, the first taste of meat spiced with cumin or of a mango. Men and women in imperial India and the Philippines had different ideas from the start about what looked, sounded, smelled, felt, and tasted good or bad. Both the British and the Americans saw themselves as the civilizers of what they judged backward societies and believed that a vital part of the civilizing process was to put the senses in the right order of priority and to ensure them against offense or affront. People without manners that respected the senses lacked self-control; they were uncivilized and thus unfit for self-government. Societies that looked shabby, were noisy and smelly, felt wrong, and consumed unwholesome food in unmannerly ways were not prepared to form independent polities and stand on their own. It was the duty of allegedly more sensorily advanced westerners to put the senses right before withdrawing the most obvious manifestations of their power. This study of Indians and Filipinos' ideas of what constituted sensory civilization and the imperial encounter with British and American sense-orders shows the compromises between these nations' sensory regimes"--
MacKenzie, Propaganda and Empire, 3. See Beth Fowkes Tobin, Picturing
Imperial Power: Colonial Subjects in EighteenthCentury British Painting (Durham
, NC. Duke University Press, 1999); Joan Coutu, Persuasion and Propaganda: ...
Author: Jeffrey A. Auerbach
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Imperial Boredom offers a radical reconsideration of the British Empire during its heyday in the nineteenth century. Challenging the long-established view that that the Empire was about adventure and excitement, with heroic men and intrepid women settling new lands and spreading commerce and civilization around the globe, this thoroughly researched, engagingly written, and lavishly illustrated analysis instead argues that boredom was central to the experience of Empire. This volume looks at what it was actually like to sail to Australia, to serve as a soldier in South Africa, or to accompany a colonial official to the hill stations of India, and agrues that for numerous men and women, from governors to convicts, explorers to tourists, the Victorian Empire was dull and disappointing. Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs, and travelogues, it demonstrates that all across the empire, men and women found the landscapes monotonous, the physical and psychological distance from home debilitating, the routines of everyday life wearisome, and their work unfulfilling. Ocean voyages were tedious; colonial rule was bureaucratic; warfare was infrequent; economic opportunity was limited; and indigenous people were largely invisible. The seventeenth-century Empire may have been about wonder and marvel, but the Victorian Empire was a far less exciting project.
Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires Barbara Buchenau,
Virginia Richter ... 65James R. Ryan, Picturing Empire: Photography and the
Visualization of the British Empire (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1997): 217. 66 Ryan
Author: Barbara Buchenau
Barbara Buchenau and Virginia Richter’s Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History, and the Demise of Empires explores the legacies of different empires across various media, focusing on the spatial, temporal, and critical dimensions of what the editors term the post-empire imaginary.
On imperialism in photography : Bate , “ Photography ' ; Ryan , Picturing Empire ;
in painting , Alloula , Colonial Harem ; Tobin , Picturing ; in architecture , Davies ,
Splendours ; Metcalf , Imperial Vision ; in music , Richards , Imperialism and ...
Author: Sarah E. Stockwell
This volume adopts a distinctive thematic approach to the history of British imperialism from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It brings together leading scholars of British imperial history: Tony Ballantyne, John Darwin, Andrew Dilley, Elizabeth Elbourne, Kent Fedorowich, Eliga Gould, Catherine Hall, Stephen Howe, Sarah Stockwell, Andrew Thompson, Stuart Ward, and Jon Wilson. Each contributor offers a personal assessment of the topic at hand, and examines key interpretive debates among historians Addresses many of the core issues that constitute a broad understanding of the British Empire, including the economics of the empire, the empire and religion, and imperial identities
This book fills a gap in scholarly work on Paul and Empire by taking up each contested letter in turn to investigate how several of its main themes reflect motifs found in imperial images.
Author: Harry O. Maier
Publisher: A&C Black
Pauline Christianity sprang to life in a world of imperial imagery. In the streets and at the thoroughfares, in the market places and on its public buildings and monuments, and especially on its coins the Roman Empire's imperial iconographers displayed imagery that aimed to persuade the Empire's diverse and mostly illiterate inhabitants that Rome had a divinely appointed right to rule the world and to be honoured and celebrated for its dominion. Harry O. Maier places the later, often contested, letters and theology associated with Paul in the social and political context of the Roman Empire's visual culture of politics and persuasion to show how followers of the apostle visualized the reign of Christ in ways consistent with central themes of imperial iconography. They drew on the Empire's picture language to celebrate the dominion and victory of the divine Son, Jesus, to persuade their audiences to honour his dominion with praise and thanksgiving. Key to this imperial embrace were Colossians, Ephesians, and the Pastoral Epistles. Yet these letters remain neglected territory in consideration of engagement with and reflection of imperial political ideals and goals amongst Paul and his followers. This book fills a gap in scholarly work on Paul and Empire by taking up each contested letter in turn to investigate how several of its main themes reflect motifs found in imperial images.
Patrick Bratlinger , cited in James Ayan , Picturing Empire , p30 . Mantin Wamke
Political Landscape ( Cambridge : Harvard University Press , 1985 \ p91 * John M
. Mackenzie , The Empire of Nature : Hunting . Conservation and British ...
Author: Wambui Mwangi
This dissertation investigates the currency question in the context of colonialism in East Africa. It contends that currency constitutes an important nodal point through which state-society relations are carried out. Therefore one is able, through this lens, both to look at questions of the state-ness of the colonial state as well as the ways in which power and resistance are manifested by social money usage.
The Empire of Nature : Hunting , Conservation and British Imperialism .
Manchester : Manchester University Press . ... Picturing Empire : Photography
and the Visualization of the British Empire . London : Reaktion Books : 46 . W JT
Author: Peter Limb
Publisher: Monash Univ Pub
Orb and Sceptre brings together recent cutting-edge work on British imperialism by Australian researchers closely associated with Norman Etherington, one of Australia's most eminent scholars in this field. Orb and Sceptre reflects the trajectory of British Empire history in the academy over the last forty years. Demands for new nationalist histories for decolonised territories have combined with renewed attention to the role of the periphery in the making and unmaking of empires. This has formed an explosive mix that has blown apart traditional conceptions of Empire and Commonwealth history. The colonial construction of knowledge is a principal theme in Orb and Sceptre. Former colonies and dependencies looked to a fresh generation of historians to write their histories, generally conceived as grand narratives of escape from imperial shackles. At the same time, a new wave of scholars influenced by feminism, neo-Marxism, dependency theory and postcolonialism laid the groundwork for a renaissance in Empire and Commonwealth history. These historians have been rediscovering the links that continue to connect former colonies to their imperial pasts. This book offers: A showcase of new studies in British Imperialism by Australian and international scholars, highlighting cutting-edge approaches and areas of interest from cultural studies to biography and landscape studies, as well as traditional areas such as political history, immigration, and military history; Exciting new research on Australian, Asian and African history; and A bibliography of the works of Norman Etherington. The book is enlivened by a wide range of illustrative material, including photos, drawings and maps. Orb and Sceptre is a festschrift in honour of Norman Etherington, one of Australia's most eminent scholars of imperialism.
Picturing Place : Photography and the Geographical Imagination Edited by Joan
M . Schwartz and James R . Ryan . ... eras , Picturing Empire : Photography and
the Visualization of the British Empire ( The University of Chicago Press , 1997 ) .
Includes sections "Reviews of books" and "Abstracts of archive publications."
Ryan , James , Picturing Empire : Photography and the Visualisation of the British
Empire , London : Reaktion Books , 1998 , p . 117 . 6 / Ryan , James , Picturing
Empire , p . 117 . 7 / Definition according to the Oxford English Dictionary .
Author: Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir
Publisher: Black Dog Pub Limited
Nanoq: flat out and bluesome is the story of polar bears, the largest land predators on earth, and their journey from the arctic wilderness to the museums and stately homes of the UK. Most of the dead (and sometimes living) polar bears arrived on British shores in Victorian times. They were imported speculatively into the country by arctic entrepreneurs, brought in on whaling ships, or carried back triumphantly as souvenirs of aristocratic adventures. Stuffed and posed, the bears were placed in cases or on plinths and they have remained in these poses ever since, commanding pride of place in provincial museums, or inertly gathering dust in mansions and country houses. Between 2002 and 2004 the artists Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson undertook a survey of all the taxidermied polar bears in the UK. Nanoq: flat out and bluesome documents the histories of each of these bears, the legacies of the hunters who shot them and the skills and expertise of the taxidermists who stuffed them. Nanoq: flatout and bluesome includes unpublished archival photographs of hunting in the arctic at the turn of the century along with photographs by the artists of the bears in their current locations. The book also features a short story by art critic Patricia Ellis and essays by leading academics and curators, Michelle Henning, Garry Marvin and Steven Baker, who discuss taxidermy and photography, trophy hunting and the increasingly frequent use of stuffed animals in contemporary art. A unique and haunting book that charts the uneasy relationship between the wild and its representation in our museums, galleries and media, Nanoq: flatout and bluesome also highlights the current plight of polar bears who are facing extinction because of the destruction of their habitat.
should inherit the seceding territories of the Ottoman Empire , if only because of
the loss of Venice , so argued Wyatt . It should be noted that this idea of an
exchange of territories reflected an earlier notion discussed at the peace
conference of ...
Author: Tibor Frank
Publisher: East European Monographs
This book explores a turbulent period in Austria-Hungary's history from a primarily British perspective. The author utilizes resources from the contemporary press and travelogues to emphasize British interest in preserving the Habsburg Empire as a political entity and the balance of power in Europe.
1 ( 1992 ) : 11 - 12 ; James R . Ryan , Picturing Empire : Photography and the
Visualization of the British Empire ( London : Reaktion Books , 1997 ) ;
Christopher Pinney , Camera Indica : The Social Life of Indian Photography (
Author: David Harris
Publisher: University of California Press
This catalogue establishes the background and historical context of the 1860 second Opium War, and outlines the central role that photographer Felice Beato played in the photographic history of 19th century imperial China.
Picturing Nations : Landscape Photography and National Identity in Britain and
Germany in the Mid - Nineteenth Century . In Picturing place ... Picturing empire :
Photography and the visualization of the British Empire . London : Reaktion ...
Author: Rachel Hutchins-Viroux
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
A great deal has been written in recent years about nationalism. Yet scholars remain sharply divided as to a coherent theoretical model of this phenomenon and many have called for further empirical research. This volume pursues this line of inquiry, examining a variety of geographical contexts within the English-speaking world, including Australia, Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States at different historical periods. These interdisciplinary studies combine elements of sociology, political science, history, literature, and cultural studies.