An economy of colour: Visual culture and the Atlantic World, 1660-1830

Quilley, Geoffrey and Kriz, Kay Dian, eds. (2003) An economy of colour: Visual culture and the Atlantic World, 1660-1830. Critical Perspectives in Art History . Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York. ISBN 9780719060069

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This study analyses visual culture in the context of British and French colonial activity in the North Atlantic from 1660-1830. It is a response to a noticeable omission in art history and cultural studies, which have largely ignored the diverse and important body of visual imagery relating to colonialism, Atlantic slavery and the development of racial ideology. This collection demonstrates that the visualization of individuals, communities, social types, fictive characters, artefacts and landscapes, played a highly significant role in both the European representation and self-representation of the peoples and places of the Atlantic colonial world. Consequently, it reasserts the primacy of visual culture as an active participant in forming this complex and fluid "imagined community". Drawing contributions from an international group of leading scholars, this volume should prove invaluable to students of art history, particularly those interested in race and culture.

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: Economy of Colour is a co-edited volume containing a single-authored essay and co-authored introduction. The entire volume is submitted because of the significant research element involved in the editing process. The book derived originally from a session Quilley and Dian Kriz convened at the 1998 Association of Art Historians conference, which was experimental and designed to assess the extent and direction of current research engaging with early-modern visual culture and the circum-Atlantic world. Following this, we developed a book project, which sought to focus more precisely on British and French visual representations of circum-Atlantic identities as mediated through reference to discourses of liberty and enslavement, with particular regard to the Atlantic slave trade. We sought contributions from scholars not present at the conference, on the basis of their expertise and the relevance of their current research to our subject: only three of the final eight contributors, including the editors, were at the conference session. Once we received essay drafts, the editing process - shared equally between the editors - was very proactive. We re-directed essays with a view both to the overall coherence and coverage of the book and to addressing developments in the wider research field.
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Depositing User: Geoffrey Quilley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:46
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