Images of the Tropics: Environment and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2011 - Social Science - 184 pages
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Images of the Tropics critically examines Dutch colonial culture in the Netherlands Indies through the prism of landscape art. Susie Protschky contends that visual representations of nature and landscape were core elements of how Europeans understood the tropics, justified their territorial claims in the region, and understood their place both in imperial Europe and in colonized Asia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her book thus makes a significant contribution to studies of empire, art and environment, as well as to histories of Indonesia and Europe.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Environment and visual culture in theNetherlands Indies
9
CHAPTER ONE Historicizing colonialism The legacy of images made during the East India Company period in Dutch ways of seeing
23
CHAPTER TWO Narratives of expansion Colonial landscape images and empire building
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CHAPTER THREE Naturalizing conquest Rural idylls in colonial painting
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CHAPTER FOUR Articles of faith Religion fear and fantasy in Indies landscapes
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CHAPTER FIVE Seductions of the tropics Race class and gender in colonial images of nature and landscape
127
CONCLUSIONS AND EPILOGUE Landscape visual culture and colonial history
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
155
LIST OF FIGURES
171
INDEX
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