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The British Slave Trade and Public Memory by How does a contemporary society restore to its public memory a momentous event like its own participation in transatlantic slavery? What are the stakes of once more restoring the slave trade to public memory? What can be learned from this history? Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace explores these questions in her study of depictions and remembrances of British involvement in the slave trade. Skillfully incorporating a range of material, Wallace discusses and analyzes how museum exhibits, novels, television shows, movies, and a play created and produced in Britain from 1990 to 2000 grappled with the subject of slavery. Topics discussed include a walking tour in the former slave-trading port of Bristol; novels by Caryl Phillips and Barry Unsworth; a television adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park; and a revival of Aphra Behn's Oroonoko for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In each case, Wallace reveals how these works and performances illuminate and obscure the history of the slave trade and its legacy. While Wallace focuses on Britain, her work also speaks to questions of how the United States and other nations remember inglorious chapters from their past.
Publication Date: 2006-01-11
Creating Memorials, Building Identities by The book is not restricted by geographical strictures like many studies but includes work on European, Caribbean, African and North American examples of memorialisation. The book ranges across chronologies including case studies on all centuries from the 18th to the 21st and often mixing chronologies within the case studies themselves. The book is determinedly interdisciplinary ranging across music, visual arts, literature, museum and film studies allowing for a dynamic range of examples to be brought forward and juxtaposed making it a more interesting study than many heretofore discussions of memorialisation. It uses the latest theories in the study of memory by black Atlantic and French philosophers and melds them with the authors' own development of a theory of "guerrilla memorialisation" which is followed through a number of the case studies. It follows on from the work of Marcus Wood and Paul Gilroy to discuss the complex issue of representation and the black body in the wake of the horrors of the Transatlantic slave trade using the work of contemporary artists to analyse the limits and potentialities of representation in the wake of catastrophe.
Publication Date: 2010-12-15
Museums in Postcolonial Europe by The history of European nation-building and identity formation is inextricably connected with museums, and the role they play in displaying the acquired spoils and glorious symbols of geopolitical power in order to mobilize public support for expansionist ventures. This book examines the contemporary debate surrounding the museum in postcolonial Europe. Although there is no consensus on the European colonial experience, the process of decolonization in Europe has involved an examination of the museum's place, and ethnic minorities and immigrants have insisted upon improved representation in the genealogies of European nation-states. Museological practices have been subjected to greater scrutiny in light of these political and social transformations. In addition to the refurbishment and restructuring of colonial-era museums, new spaces have also been inaugurated to highlight the contemporary importance of museums in postcolonial Europe, as well as the significance of incorporating the perspective of postcolonial European populations into these spaces. This book includes contributions from leading experts in their fields and represents a comparative trans-historical and transcolonial examination which contextualises and reinterpretates to the legacies and experiences of European museums. This book was published as a special issue of Africa and Black Diaspora: An International Journal.
Publication Date: 2009-11-30