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Empires of light : vision, visibility and power in colonial India

Author: Niharika Dinkar
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Rethinking art's histories.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Light was central to the visual politics and imaginative geographies of empire, even beyond its role as a symbol of knowledge and progress in post-Enlightenment narratives. This book describes how imperial mappings of geographical space in terms of 'cities of light' and 'hearts of darkness' coincided with the industrialisation of light (in homes, streets, theatres) and its instrumentalisation through new  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dinkar, Niharika.
Empires of light.
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019
Named Person: Ravi Varma; Ravi Varma; Ravi Varma
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Niharika Dinkar
ISBN: 9781526139641 1526139642 9781526139658 1526139650
OCLC Number: 1120689636
Awards: Short-listed for Finalist for the Historians of British Art Book Prize 2021 (Exemplary Scholarship after 1800) 2021
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 284 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction : writing photo-graphic histories of empire --
Part I. Technologies of illumination. Through the glass darkly : the phantasmagoria of Elephanta --
Four acts of seeing : the veil as technology of illumination --
Part II. 'Visibility is a trap' : battles of the veil. 'Purdah hai purdah!' : proscenium theatre and technologies of illusionism --
Erotics of the body politic : the naked and the clothed --
Part III. Chiaroscuro, portraiture and subjectivity. Private lives and interior spaces : masculine subjects in Ravi Varma's scholar paintings --
Impossible subjects : the subaltern in the shadows.
Series Title: Rethinking art's histories.
Responsibility: Niharika Dinkar.


Empires of light is a study of light, vision and power in colonial India. It examines the material cultures of light within imperial networks, drawing the colonial experience into contemporary  Read more...


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