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De-Illustrating the History of the British Empire Preliminary Perspectives

Edited By Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes Copyright 2021
    116 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    116 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    De-Illustrating the History of the British Empire aims to offer a timely and inclusive contribution to the evolving cross-disciplinary scholarship that connects visual studies with British imperial historiography. The key purpose of this book is to introduce scholars and students of British imperial and Commonwealth history to a clearly presented and diversely themed evaluation of several "visual manuscripts" – images of all genres depicting particular events, personalities, social and cultural contexts – that document the development of some of the British imperial and post-colonial visual literacies history. The concept of "visual manuscripts" alongside theories of visual anthropology and memory studies are addressed across the entire volume thus allowing the readers to approach with greater ease the discourse on imperial iconography and historiography.

    1. Preliminary Perspectives

    Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes

    2. On Visual Rhetoric and British Imperial History

    Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes

    3. Art and Illustration: Re-viewing Empire

    Carol Jacobi

    4. A Visual History of a Hidden Exploration of Mid-19th Century Tibet: the British Library’s Wise Collection

    Diana Lange

    5. Illustrating the Warriors of Empire

    Philip John Hatfield

    6. Selling British "Empire-Consciousness": Imperial Rhetoric and Advertising Poetics

    Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes


    Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology, a Member of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, and Official Fellow and Graduate Tutor at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

    "All in all, De-Illustrating the History of the British Empire with its wide range of visual source materials underlines how images have contributed to imperial myth-making and examines their legacy in a postcolonial world... the single articles are highly recommendable to cultural studies researchers with an interest in cultural history, visual culture, or imperial history." - Nora Pleßke, Journal for the Study of British Cultures