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Blind Memory: Visual Representations of Slavery in England and America
by Marcus Wood
Throughout this important volume, the author underscores two vital themes: one, that visual presentation of slavery in England and America has been utterly dishonest to its subject, and the other a meditation on whether the ruptures of the slave experience - middle passage, bondage, and torture -- can be adequately represented and remembered.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 22nd 2000 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Marcus Wood focuses on a range of materials and genres from four “sites” which purport to describe the experience of slavery: the middle passage, slave flight/escape, imagery from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the punishment and torture of slaves. By selecting images based on their cultural influence, longevity and popularity, he aims to dissect the “semiotic core of Western responses to slavery.” Woods adapts Holocaust studies’ focus on the impossibility of describing end-limit ...more