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Afterimage of empire : photography in nineteenth-century India /
Zahid R. Chaudhary.
imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2012.
description
258 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0816677492 (Paper), 9780816677498 (Paper)
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imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2012.
isbn
0816677492 (Paper)
9780816677498 (Paper)
contents note
Machine generated contents note: Contents -- Introduction: Sensation and Photography1. Death and the Rhetoric of Photography: X Marks the Spot2. Anaesthesis and Violence: A Colonial History of Shock3. Armor and Aesthesis: The Picturesque in Difference4. Famine and the Reproduction of Affect: Pleas for SympathyCoda: Sensing the Past -- Acknowledgments -- Appendixes -- Translation of Proclamation Attributed to Nana Sahib -- Transcription and Translation of Farsi Inscriptions -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
abstract
" Afterimage of Empire provides a philosophical and historical account of early photography in India that focuses on how aesthetic experiments in colonial photography changed the nature of perception. Considering photographs from the Sepoy Revolt of 1857 along with landscape, portraiture, and famine photography, Zahid R. Chaudhary explores larger issues of truth, memory, and embodiment.Chaudhary scrutinizes the colonial context to understand the production of sense itself, proposing a new theory of interpreting the historical difference of aesthetic forms. In rereading colonial photographic images, he shows how the histories of colonialism became aesthetically, mimetically, and perceptually generative. He suggests that photography arrived in India not only as a technology of the colonial state but also as an instrument that eventually extended and transformed sight for photographers and the body politic, both British and Indian.Ultimately, Afterimage of Empire uncovers what the colonial history of the medium of photography can teach us about the making of the modern perceptual apparatus, the transformation of aesthetic experience, and the linkages between perception and meaning. "--
catalogue key
8320609
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-246) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Zahid R. Chaudhary is assistant professor of English at Princeton University.
Reviews
Review Quotes
" Afterimage of Empire is an astute analysis of photographic material, from the early days of the medium. It is impressive in its ability to move with care through the different scales of analysis-from the minutiae of scattered skulls in the foreground of one photograph to the question of whether a technology transforms both aesthetic form and the viewing subject." -Ranjana Khanna, Duke University
" Afterimage of Empire is a significant and original work of cultural analysis, and an important intervention in our understanding of the sensory and rhetorical dimensions of nineteenth century colonialism." -Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University
"An ambitious and theoretically challenging study of how photography shapes a new sensory and governmental apparatus of modernity in the colonial context, Afterimage of Empire succeeds in transforming the ways we think about the histories of photography and of colonialism." -David Lloyd, University of Southern California
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This title provides a philosophical and historical account of early photography in India that focuses on how aesthetic experiments in colonial photography changed the nature or perception.
Library of Congress Summary
" Afterimage of Empire provides a philosophical and historical account of early photography in India that focuses on how aesthetic experiments in colonial photography changed the nature of perception. Considering photographs from the Sepoy Revolt of 1857 along with landscape, portraiture, and famine photography, Zahid R. Chaudhary explores larger issues of truth, memory, and embodiment.Chaudhary scrutinizes the colonial context to understand the production of sense itself, proposing a new theory of interpreting the historical difference of aesthetic forms. In rereading colonial photographic images, he shows how the histories of colonialism became aesthetically, mimetically, and perceptually generative. He suggests that photography arrived in India not only as a technology of the colonial state but also as an instrument that eventually extended and transformed sight for photographers and the body politic, both British and Indian.Ultimately, Afterimage of Empire uncovers what the colonial history of the medium of photography can teach us about the making of the modern perceptual apparatus, the transformation of aesthetic experience, and the linkages between perception and meaning. "--
Main Description
Afterimage of Empire provides a philosophical and historical account of early photography in India that focuses on how aesthetic experiments in colonial photography changed the nature of perception. Considering photographs from the Sepoy Revolt of 1857 along with landscape, portraiture, and famine photography, Zahid R. Chaudhary explores larger issues of truth, memory, and embodiment. Chaudhary scrutinizes the colonial context to understand the production of sense itself, proposing a new theory of interpreting the historical difference of aesthetic forms. In rereading colonial photographic images, he shows how the histories of colonialism became aesthetically, mimetically, and perceptually generative. He suggests that photography arrived in India not only as a technology of the colonial state but also as an instrument that eventually extended and transformed sight for photographers and the body politic, both British and Indian. Ultimately, Afterimage of Empire uncovers what the colonial history of the medium of photography can teach us about the making of the modern perceptual apparatus, the transformation of aesthetic experience, and the linkages between perception and meaning.
Table of Contents
Introduction Sensation and Photographyp. 1
Death and the Rhetoric of Photographyp. 37
X Marks the Spot
Anaesthesis and Violencep. 73
A Colonial History of Shock
Armor and Aesthesisp. 107
The Picturesque in Difference
Famine and the Reproduction of Affectp. 153
Pleas for Sympathy
Coda Sensing the Pastp. 189
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
Appendix: Translationsp. 201
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 247
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