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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Visual Anthropology

So, now that I'm back to blogging in earnest, this blog will return to its multitudinarian calling as a smorgasboard of all things that interest me: Stratego as the meeting place of urban anthropology, Christian socialism, sexing the single city-dweller, and military cartography! I know you've been looking for that cosmonaut map-maker, and your search is over. Welcome home.

It's a Saturday night in rowdy Cambridge, and being the party animal I am, I'm drinking a glass of valpolicella with fresh mozzarella and reading academic articles about travel writing in nineteenth-century England. And a wonderful life it is, too!

For my own future reference, I'm noting the following bibliography on nineteenth-century visual culture, the spatial construction of otherness, and the gaze, from a very useful article on Henry James.

Male spectatorship and the gaze
Laura Mulvey, Visual and Other Pleasures (1989)
John Urry, THe Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (1979)

Urban markets and mass consumership as the origins of a new, pictorial way of viewing cities as pictures (rather than as person-to-person interactions)
Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age, 1(1982)
Robert L. Herbert, Impressionism: Art, Leisure and Parisian Society (1988)
T.J. Clark, The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1984)
Mary P. Ryan, Women in Public: Between Banners and Ballots, 1824-1880 (1990)

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