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Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire, and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Sadiah Qureshi


In May 1853, Charles Dickens paid a visit to the “savages at Hyde Park Corner,” an exhibition of thirteen imported Zulus performing cultural rites ranging from songs and dances to a “witch-hunt” and marriage ceremony. Dickens was not the only Londoner intrigued by these “living curiosities”: displayed foreign peoples provided some of the most popular public entertainments of their day. At first, such shows tended to be small-scale entrepreneurial speculations of just a single person or a small group. By the end of the century, performers were being imported by the hundreds and housed in purpos ... More

Keywords: racial difference, foreign policy, slavery, missionary work, empire, human exhibitions, nineteenth-century Britain, visual culture, art prints, travel paintings

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226700960
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226700984.001.0001


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Sadiah Qureshi, author

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