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India by Design Colonial History and Cultural Display

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ISBN-10: 0520252314

ISBN-13: 9780520252318

Edition: 2007

Authors: Saloni Mathur

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Description:

This book maps a series of historical events--from the Raj in the mid-nineteenth century up to the present day--through which India was made fashionable to Western audiences within the popular cultural arenas of the imperial metropole. Situated at the convergence of anthropology, art history, museum studies, and postcolonial criticism, this study investigates how Indian objects, bodies, images, and narratives circulated through metropolitan space and acquired meaning in an emergent nineteenth-century consumer economy. Through an examination of India as represented in department stores, museums, exhibitions, painting, and picture postcards of the era, the book confronts the problems and politics of postcolonial display and offers an original account of the implications of colonial practices for visual production in our contemporary world.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction. Colonial Patterns, Indian Styles
The Indian Village in Victorian Space: The Department Store and the Cult of the Craftsman
"To Visit the Queen": On Display at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886
The Discrepant Portraiture of Empire: Oil Painting in a Global Field
Collecting Colonial Postcards: Gender and the Visual Archive
A Parable of Postcolonial Return: Museums and the Discourse of Restitution
Epilogue. Historical Afterimages
Notes
Bibliography
Index