Afterimage of empire : photography in nineteenth-century India (Book, 2012) [WorldCat.org]
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Afterimage of empire : photography in nineteenth-century India

Author: Zahid R Chaudhary; ProQuest (Firm)
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zahid R Chaudhary; ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN: 9780816679508 0816679509
OCLC Number: 1261942358
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Description: 258 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.)
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Zahid R. Chaudhary.

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. "--

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