White Views of Indigenous Peoples
Edited by Mick Gidley
Subjects: Cultural and Social Studies
Representing Others examines a diverse range of cultural forms in which white novelists, sculptors, diarists, photographers, ethnographers, travel writers and filmmakers have depicted Native American, African, Pacific and Australian Aboriginal peoples. As they were seen by incoming whites who were themselves strangers to the land, they most often appeared incomprehensible, threatening, 'Other'.
The analyses in this book go beyond simply asking questions about the 'accuracy' or otherwise of a work's representation of the culture under discussion. Although the seven authors conform to no single position and adopt a variety of critical approaches, they share a common concern. These essays all propose that if we are to use our own terms to speak of another culture, we must become aware of the problems involved in the act of representation itself.
Contents: A native American in stone, Stephanie Smiles; the medical officer's diary, Tim Youngs; representing others, of Conrad, cannibals and kin, Anthony Fothergill; noble men and noble savages, Ron Tamplin; Johannes Lintd - photographer of Australia and New Guinea, Peter Quartermaine; Edward S. Curtis' Indian photographs - a national enterprise, Mick Gidley; John Ford and the Indians, or, Tom Doniphon's history lesson, Richard Maltby.
“The problem of representation, as Mick Gidley points out in his lucid introduction to this reasonably-priced volume, is precisely that - a problem. How people, cultures and places come to be represented in written texts, visual images, film and stone is not at all self-evident." (Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History)
Mick Gidley is Professor of American Literature at the University of Leeds