Word & Image in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures

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Michael Meyer
Rodopi, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 379 pages
Verbal imagery and visual images as well as the intricate relationships between verbal and visual representations have long shaped the imagination and the practice of intercultural relationships. The contributions to this volume take a fresh look at the ideology of form, especially the gendered and racial implications of the gaze and the voice in various media and intermedial transformations. Analyses of how culturally specific forms of visual and verbal expression are individually understood and manipulated complement reflections on the potential and limitations of representation. The juxtaposition of visual and verbal signifiers explores the gap between them as a space beyond cultural boundaries.
Topics treated include: Caliban; English satirical iconotexts; Oriental travel writing and illustration; expatriate description and picturesque illustration of Edinburgh; ethnographic film; African studio photography; South African cartoons; imagery, ekphrasis, and race in South African art and fiction; face and visuality, representation and memory in Asian fiction; Bollywood; Asian historical film; Asian-British pop music; Australian landscape in painting and fiction; indigenous children's fiction from Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, and the USA; Canadian photography; Native Americans in film.
Writers and artists discussed include: Philip Kwame Apagya; the Asian Dub Foundation; Breyten Breytenbach; Richard Burton; Peter Carey; Gurinder Chadha; Daniel Chodowiecki; J.M. Coetzee; Ashutosh Gowariker; Patricia Grace; W. Greatbatch; Hogarth; Francis K. Honny; Jim Jarmusch; Robyn Kahukiwa; Seydou Keita; Thomas King; Vladyana Krykorka; Alfred Kubin; Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak; Kathleen and Michael Lacapa; László Lakner; George Littlechild; Ken Lum; Franz Marc; Zakes Mda; Ketan Mehta; M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam); Timothy Mo; William Kent Monkman; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; John Hamilton Mortimer; Sidney Nolan; Jean Rouch; Salman Rushdie; William Shakespeare; Robert Louis Stevenson; Richard Van C& Zapiro.

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Tourist Places Other Gazes
Picture is a Silent Talker Apagya
A Black and White Nation?
Zakes Mdas Representation of South African Reality
Looking Out and Looking In
On Pickles Pictures and Words
Neither united nor separated
Transcultural Gender Interrogations in Bride and Prejudice
Missing in Action
Vernacular Landscape
Regaining the Past and Shaping the Present
Between Words and Images
The MassSlaughter of Native Americans in Jim Jarmuschs Dead Man

Whiteness as a Category of Literary Analysis
Just for show
Notes on Contributors

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Michael Meyer teaches in the Department of English at the University of Koblenz–Landau (Germany). He has published on colonial and postcolonial literature, Gothic fiction and film, British art, autobiography, poetry, short fiction, and teaching literature.

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