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Bodies Real and Virtual: Joseph Rock and Enrico Caruso in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands

  • Erik Mueggler (a1)
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In 1934, during twenty-eight years of wandering west China, the American botanist Joseph Francis Charles Rock made a brief trip to England. He clipped the obituary of an old friend from the Times and pasted it in his diary. On the facing page, he pasted a photograph two decades old, and wrote this caption:

J. F. Rock (standing) with his older friend Fred Muir, Entomologist at the Haw[aii] Sugar Planter's Exp[eriment] Sta[tion], Honolulu. Photographed in our home in Liloa Rise (Breaside), Honolulu in the spring of 1913, while our phonograph played Spiritu Gentile, Caruso singing.

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Stephen Greenblatt , Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991)

Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson , eds., Photography's Other Histories (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003)

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Christopher Pinney , “Notes from the Surface of the Image: Photography, Postcolonialism and Vernacular Modernism,” in Christopher Pinney and Nicholas Peterson , eds., Photography's Other Histories (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003)

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Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • ISSN: 0010-4175
  • EISSN: 1475-2999
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