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A.K. Smith Visiting Scholar Series with Martha Cutter
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Smith House Reese Room
Christina M. Bolio
Illustrating Slavery: Before and After Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
From the 1787 Wedgwood antislavery medallion to Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave (2013), slavery as a system of torture and bondage has fascinated the optical imagination of the transatlantic world. By examining the popular antislavery illustrated books published prior to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), Prof. Cutter argues for a seditious visual presence in antislavery discourse—one that portrays the enslaved as obtaining a degree of control over narrative and lived experiences.
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