Colonialism's afterlife: Vision and visuality on the northwest coast

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This paper explores the relationships between landscape and power, colonialism and its aftermaths, and state territoriality and its contestation, in the work of two popular Northwest Coast landscape painters: Emily Carr and Lawrence Paul Y\Jxweluptun. The work of both artists is explored in terms of their representation of relations between indigenous peoples, physical landscapes, state power, and modernity; and in the context of ongoing political struggles over land, resources and the environment between First Nations and the Canadian government. The paper also calls attention to the multiple and fractured nature of postcolonial visualities, to the discursive, social, technological and institutional relations that shape how landscapes are experienced and represented, and, ultimately, to the trace of colonial pasts in the environmental and political imaginaries of a postcolonial present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCulture and Society
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Essays in Human Geography
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)9781351160353
ISBN (Print)9780815388418
StatePublished - Jan 18 2018


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