9781478003823-1478003820-Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity

Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity

ISBN-13: 9781478003823
ISBN-10: 1478003820
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Elias, Ann
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 296 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781478003823
ISBN-10: 1478003820
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Elias, Ann
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 296 pages

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Acknowledged authors Elias, Ann wrote Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity comprising 296 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1478003820 and 9781478003823. Since then Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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From vividly colored underwater photographs of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to life-size dioramas re-creating coral reefs and the bounty of life they sustained, the work of early twentieth-century explorers and photographers fed the public's fascination with reefs. In the 1920s John Ernest Williamson in the Bahamas and Frank Hurley in Australia produced mass-circulated and often highly staged photographs and films that cast corals as industrious, colonizing creatures, and the undersea as a virgin, unexplored, and fantastical territory. In Coral Empire Ann Elias traces the visual and social history of Williamson and Hurley and how their modern media spectacles yoked the tropics and coral reefs to colonialism, racism, and the human domination of nature. Using the labor and knowledge of indigenous peoples while exoticizing and racializing them as inferior Others, Williamson and Hurley sustained colonial fantasies about people of color and the environment as endless resources to be plundered. As Elias demonstrates, their reckless treatment of the sea prefigured attitudes that caused the environmental crises that the oceans and reefs now face.

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