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Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930

1st Edition

Edited by Julie F. Codell


314 pages

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Examining colonial art through the lens of transculturation, the essays in this collection assess painting, sculpture, photography, illustration and architecture from 1770 to 1930 to map these art works' complex and unresolved meanings illuminated by the concept of transculturation. Authors explore works in which transculturation itself was being defined, formed, negotiated, and represented in the British Empire and in countries subject to British influence (the Congo Free State, Japan, Turkey) through cross-cultural encounters of two kinds: works created in the colonies subject over time to colonial and to postcolonial spectators' receptions, and copies or multiples of works that traveled across space located in several colonies or between a colony and the metropole, thus subject to multiple cultural interpretations.


'This book significantly advances the field of art and empire, our knowledge of imperial artists, and our sense of the visual as a key medium for understanding the meeting of cultures under asymmetrical relations of power.' Tim Barringer, Yale University, USA

'This edited volume reveals the vital contribution Victorian studies and art history can make to the study of transculturation … Codell provides an insightful overview of the concept …' Victorian Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: The art of transculturation, Julie F. Codell; Part I Art's Changing Publics and Politics: Transcultural Receptions: Baron of Bengal: Robert Clive and the birth of an imperial image, Romita Ray; Miniature paintings as transcultural objects? The John Norton and Peter Jones portraits, Kristina Huneault; The politics of transculturation: the life and art of John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), Emily M. Weeks; The many shades of Shakespeare: representations of Othello and Desdemona in Victorian visual culture, Nancy Rose Marshall; 'Bronzed and muscular bodies': Jinrikishas, tattooed bodies and Yokohama tourist photography, Luke Gartlan; The camera and the contact zone: re-envisioning the representation of aboriginal women in the Canadian North, Susan Close; Te kai-hautu o te waka/ director of the canoe: the statue of Sir George Grey in Auckland, Mark Stocker; Ambivalent geographies: the British concession in Taijin, China, c.1860-1946, Dana Arnold. Part II When Art Moves and Multiplies: Transcultural Geographies: Divided objects of empires: Ottoman imperial portraiture and transcultural aesthetics, Mary Roberts; 'A voice from the Congo': Herbert Ward's sculptures in Europe and America, Kirsty Breedon; War and peace: Harry Bates's Lord Roberts memorial in London, Calcutta, and Glasgow, Jason Edwards; 'Wonderful pieces of stage management': reviewing masculine fashioning, race, and imperialism in John Singer Sargent's British portraits, c.1897-1914, Andrew Stephenson; Colonial nationalism and closer union: Hugh Lane in South Africa, Morna O'Neill; Bibliography; Index.

About the Editor

Julie F. Codell is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University and Faculty Affiliate in Film and Media Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies, and the Center for Asian Research.

About the Series

British Art: Global Contexts

British Art: Global Contexts
British Art: Global Contexts provides a forum for the study of British art and visual culture in the global context from 1700 to the present day. The main focus of the series is threefold: the transport, location, and reception of British art across the world; the British reception and exhibition of art from around the globe; and transnational and cosmopolitan art containing significant British components. The series seeks to problematize, historicize, and specify the idea of British art across the period, as it intersects with local, regional, international and global issues, communities, materials, and environments. Specializing in studies of British art within comparative and interdisciplinary frameworks, the series includes monographs and thematic studies, and single authored works and edited volumes of essays. The series publishes research which deals with fine art objects and the broader visual and material cultural environment of Britain and its historical territories, as well as with the global diaspora of British artists, genres, artefacts, materials and styles, and the contribution to British art of other global diasporas.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General