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Double Vision
Art Histories and Colonial Histories in the Pacific

Nicholas Thomas, Jonathan Lamb, Harry Liebersohn, Bronwen Douglas, Michael Rosenthal, Ian McLean, Leonard Bell, Pae Robert Jahnke, Diane Losche, Gordon Bennett, Peter Brunt
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  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521659987


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  • Taking as its departure point Bernard Smith's classic study, European Vision and the South Pacific (1960), Double Vision explores the ambivalences of European perceptions of the Pacific and juxtaposes them with the indigenous visual cultures that challenge western assumptions about art and representation. Double Vision addresses these larger interpretive questions through case studies of the cultures of voyages, colonial art, and indigenous affirmations of identity. It suggests that images and texts can be combined through a new practice of innovative, visually oriented cultural history. This approach yields a fresh understanding of history, colonialism and culture in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Double Vision is a challenging combination of visual and textual inquiry, and its outstanding list of contributors offer a fresh perspective on art and history in the Pacific.

    • A challenging combination of visual and textual inquiry
    • A fresh perspective on art and history in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific
    • Epitomizes the richest of interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities
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    '… the reader comes away enlightened and sensitized to many of the ways in which imagination and reality have entangled in the imaging of Oceania - a laudable contribution to an important and growing field.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521659987
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.675kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Nicholas Thomas
    Part I. Voyages:
    1. Reimagining Juan Fernandez: probability, possibility and pretence in the South Seas Jonathan Lamb
    2. Images of monarchy: Kamehameha I and the art of Louis Choris Harry Liebersohn
    3. Art as ethnohistorical text: science, representation and indigenous presence in 18th and 19th century oceanic voyage Bronwen Douglas
    Part II. Colonies:
    4. The penitentiary as paradise Michael Rosenthal
    5. Under Saturn: melancholy and the colonial imagination Ian McLean
    6. Looking at Goldie: face to face with 'All 'e Same t'e Pakeha' Leonard Bell
    Part III. Imaginings Beyond Colonialism:
    7. Voices beyond the Pae Robert Jahnke
    8. The importance of birds: or, the relationship between art and anthropology reconsidered Diane Losche
    Part IV. Counter-Colonial Imaginings:
    9. Past present: the local art of colonial quotation Joan Kerr
    10. Australian icons: notes on perception Gordon Bennett
    Afterword: clumsy Utopians Peter Brunt.

  • Editors

    Nicholas Thomas, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Diane Losche , University of New South Wales, Sydney


    Nicholas Thomas, Jonathan Lamb, Harry Liebersohn, Bronwen Douglas, Michael Rosenthal, Ian McLean, Leonard Bell, Pae Robert Jahnke, Diane Losche, Gordon Bennett, Peter Brunt

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