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Photography and American Coloniality: Eliot Elisofon in Africa, 1942-1972
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The empirical base of Photography and American Coloniality: Eliot Elisofon in Africa, 1942–1972 is the memory bank of two archives containing replications of the photographs that Eliot Elisofon collected over the course of three decades (1942–1972) of travel in Africa: Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art (EEPA), and the Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin (HRC). The book is a close reading of a single American photojournalist’s visual contact with Africa formatted within the interface of colonialism and the Cold War. By pairing the inner and outer cores of the book’s rhetorical address—the biographical (Elisofon) mindset of liberal conciliation, on the one hand, and the ideological efforts of imperial structure building, on the other—my aim is to construe a postcolonial minihistoriography that “can provide a critical genealogy to explicate the political shift from European colonialism to US imperialism

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2017. , 348 p.
African Humanities and the Arts
Keyword [en]
colonial mythology, photography and gender, Cold War politics, African art
National Category
Other Humanities Languages and Literature
Research subject
History; Cultural Anthropology; Literature; Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127447ISBN: 9781611862362 (print)OAI: diva2:1046280
Available from: 2016-11-13 Created: 2016-11-13 Last updated: 2016-12-21Bibliographically approved

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