400 pages | 175 Color Illus. | 8 B/W Illus.
Throughout this important volume, the author underscores two vital themes: one, that visual presentation of slavery in England and America has been utterly dishonest to its subject, and the other a meditation on whether the ruptures of the slave experience - middle passage, bondage, and torture -- can be adequately represented and remembered.
"…Wood has produced an original and highly nuanced study that fills many gaps in our understanding of how the West grappled with racial ideologies and the problem of slavery." -- The Journal of American History
"Wood has produced a text grounded in impressive research and driven forward by provocative and convincing theoretical interpretations. . Wood's argument is developed with an unwavering sense of purpose. Not only does he yield an exciting and readable text, but his success indicates how any number of different studies might contribute to the understanding of slavery and its representation in equally rich and distinct ways." -- CAA.reviews: www.caareviews.org
"This is an erudite yet remarkably engaging examination of the visual representation of slavery…An excellent bibliography further enhances this work. Very highly recommended for academic collections." -- Library Journal
"A masterpiece.the scope of the work and the quality of its execution are nothing short of breathtaking." -- Adam Ashforth, City University of New York