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Images and Empires – Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa - California Scholarship Online
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Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

Paul Landau and Susan Griffin


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 book considers the meaning and power of images in African history and culture. The chapters include specific visual forms, including monuments, cinema, cartoons, domestic and professional photography, body art, world fairs, and museum exhibits. The chapters discuss various modes of visuality in Africa and of Africa, investigating the interplay of visual images with personal identity ... More

Keywords: figurative images, Africa, visual images, Africa's image, imperial iconographies, authority, visual communication, African history, African culture, visuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520229488
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Landau, editor

Susan Griffin, editor

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