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Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and…

Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992)

by Mary Louise Pratt

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Like many good critical books I read during the final flurry of my Ph.D. exams, I kind of forgot about this one until I went back over my notes to write this review-- a mere four years since I read the book. Pratt has some good insights into the imperialist/scientific/capitalist discourse of the nineteenth century, showing how scientific ways of seeing and imperial ones are entangled, how the Europeans culturally constructed their colonial authority, how "a woman [...] is not to see but to be seen, or at least she is not be seen seeing" (102), and how supposedly colonial metaphors of understanding were really ones of control (if you paint a landscape, you're actually making yourself the producer, for example). I wasn't as interested in imperialism and power then as I am now; I should go back over it and see what new insights I can glean.
  Stevil2001 | Feb 6, 2017 |
Pratt takes as her topic the interesting question of how Europeans talked to themselves in the realm of popular culture about the imperial enterprises they undertook in late 18th and the 19th centuries. The most useful aspect of the book is the selection of telling examples of travel writing as justification of imperialism, and especially the notion of cultural superiority.
Unfortunately Pratt's analysis is in the overwrought mode, typically titled "postmodernism," which infected much of the academic establishment in the 1990s. She seems not to be able to proceed more than a few pages without inventing a new analytic neologism to explain what might be more readily taken in with simple common sense. ( )
  eromsted | Nov 27, 2006 |
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This second edition of a highly acclaimed and interdisciplinary book which quickly established itself as a seminal text in its field investigates the way in which travel writing has constructed an image of the world beyond Europe for European readerships. Focusing on writing about South America and Africa in relation to the political and economic expansion of Europe, this long-awaited second edition of "Imperial Eyes": is updated throughout, including a new preface, an updated introduction and a postscript reflecting critically on the category of the 'postcolonial' and how it has changed since the first edition was published in 1992. It contains new material, which reads well-known Latin American texts through the concept of neocoloniality and continues to discuss more general questions of the postcolonial in relation to the Americas and new ways of expressing late twentieth-century experiences of migration and displacement. It contains new illustrations of relevant documents and artefacts discussed within the text.

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