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Visualizing Colonial Myth: Revisiting iconic Philippine photographs in the early history of The National Geographic Magazine – Mgr. Angelie Marilla

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Masarykova univerzita

Fakulta sociálních studií

Magisterský studijní program / obor:
Sociologie / Kulturní sociologie (angl.)

Mgr. Angelie Marilla

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Visualizing Colonial Myth: Revisiting iconic Philippine photographs in the early history of The National Geographic Magazine

Visualizing Colonial Myth: Revisiting iconic Philippine photographs in the early history of The National Geographic Magazine

Abstract: This thesis unpacks meaning-constructions in iconic Philippine colonial photographs that circulated in American popular media, The National Geographic Magazine in the late 1890s to early 1900s. The overall photographic performance is privileged according to the desires and attention of interpretive viewers: the scientific community and the popular audience. These hermeneutic fields though diverging, do not necessarily suggest an arena of contestation or transgression, but suggests plasticity of scientific boundaries that allow meanings to be recoded and repackaged for public consumption. As a result, science and politics are often profoundly mixed in public discourse and this popularizing effort win acceptance in public as colonial myth. This meaning making is facilitated by Alexander’s surface-depth model that is extended in visual analysis. The emblematic elements of the image reveal visuality in colonial culture, narratives and symbolisms that flow back to photographic presentation and style. The visible aesthetic surface is a photographic catalog of the unknown colonized world often depicted as primitive, wild, remote and exotic. The deep cultural structure is the rhetoric of morality: the sacred commitment to civilize, a ritual of purification and salvation through colonization.

Keywords: iconicity, visuality, meaning-making, colonial photography, cultural sociology

Jazyk práce: angličtina

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  • Obhajoba proběhla 21. 6. 2017
  • Vedoucí: doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D.
  • Oponent: Dr. Werner Binder

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