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Visualizing American Empire: Orientalism and Imperialism in the Philippines

David Brody


In 1899 an American could open a newspaper and find outrageous images, such as an American soldier being injected with leprosy by Filipino insurgents. These kinds of hyperbolic accounts, this book argues, were just one element of the visual and material culture that played an integral role in debates about empire in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. The book explores the ways visual imagery and design shaped the political and cultural landscape. Drawing on a myriad of sources—including photographs, tattoos, the decorative arts, the popular press, maps, parades, and material ... More

Keywords: empire, America, visual imagery, visual design, cultural landscape, American imperialism, Spanish–American War, colonial domestication, Philippines, Orient

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226075334
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226075303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Brody, author