CIHA 2016 in Beijing
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British Orientalism and the Reproductive Print
Session 7 Translation and Change
University of Virginia
Taking the Hindu cave temple at Elephanta as a case study, this paper examines the role of reproductive print techniques in the production and dissemination of Orientalist knowledge. As a site of Western representation for more than four centuries, Elephanta provides a touchstone for the ways in which reproductive visual technologies, including line engraving, etching, aquatint, wood engraving, lithography, and photography, conditioned British conceptions of India’s past.
Douglas Fordham is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of British Art and the Seven Years' War: Allegiance and Autonomy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) and a co-editor with Tim Barringer and Geoff Quilley of Art and the British Empire (Manchester University Press, 2007). He has published articles relating to British art, visual culture, and empire in Art History, The Art Bulletin, Representations, Oxford Art Journal, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book titled Aquatint Empires, which examines the importance of aquatint, as a tonal intaglio print process, to the conceptualization of the British Empire between 1780 and 1830.