Item #215851 Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen. Pippa Skotnes, edited.
Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen
Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen

Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen

University of Capetown Press, 1996. First Edition. Trade Paperback. Item #215851
ISBN: 0799216526

383 pages. 9 by 11-1/2 inches. Illustrated through out. An important museum exhibition monograph. *** Skotnes, an art professor and book artist, curated a major exhibition about the San, the 'Bushmen' of South Africa. The intent of the exhibit at the South African National Gallery was to critique the previous portrayal of the San people in museums and in print. The exhibit drew considerable criticism as many visitors and scholars felt that showing earlier, racist depictions was more harmful than explanatory. See, for example, the extensive commentary on the exhibition in Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeneity, edited by Keyan G. Tomaselli; San Representation: Politics, Practice and Possibilities, edited by Keyan Tomaselli; and Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa, edited by Paul S. Landau. First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Inscribed by the author to Stephen Jay Gould, who wrote the introduction to the first book from Skotnes's Axeage Private Press. *** From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. *** Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay 'A Seahorse for All Races' Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: 'Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book.' *** We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.

In this book, eminent scholars explore the term 'Bushmen' and the relationships that gave rise to it, from the perspectives of anthropology, archaeology, comparative religion, literary studies, art history and musicology. Topics as diverse as trophy heads and museums, to the destruction of the Cape San, and appraisals of 19th-century photographic practices are examined.

Price: $250.00

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