Thinking Globally

Posted in Member News by Editor on January 12, 2010

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Elisabeth Fraser, author of Delacroix, Art and Patrimony in Postrevolutionary France (Cambridge University Press, 2004), has two articles appearing in the near future:

• “‘Dressing Turks in the French Manner’: Mouradgea d’Ohsson’s Tableau général de l’Empire Othoman,” in a special issue of Ars Orientalis on the topic of ‘Art and Mobility: Globalism in the Eighteenth Century’, edited by Nebahat Avcioglu and Barry Flood (2010)

• “Images of Uncertainty: Delacroix, Morocco, and the Art of Nineteenth-Century Expansion,” chapter in Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art since the Age of Exploration, edited by Mary Sheriff (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). [For more information, click here»]

In 2008, she published “Books, Prints, and Travel: Reading in the Gaps of the Orientalist Archive,” Art History 31 (June 2008): 342-67.

Abstract: By 1780 a thriving publishing industry for travel accounts developed in France, but its rich visual component has not been closely analysed. Taking Auguste de Forbin’s Voyage dans le Levant (1819) and Marie-Gabriel de Choiseul-Gouffier’s Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce (1782) as paradigmatic examples, I reconsider illustrated travel books in light of new theories of reading generated by historians of the book. The multifarious nature of these books – juggling word and image and coordinating the work of a large number of writers, researchers, artists, and printmakers – provides a radically alternative model for interpreting travel representation in the age of expansion.

Fraser is also working on a book project, Mediterranean Encounters: Artists and Other Travelers in and around the Ottoman Empire, 1780-1850, for which she received an NEH Fellowship.

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