Introduction: Stevenson and Early Photography in the Pacific Islands

  • Carla Manfredi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)


The introduction poses two questions that run throughout the book: what motivated Stevenson’s photography and what were the circumstances in which photography took place during his family’s travels? The study contributes to the field of Stevenson studies and it enriches scholarship on Victorian travel literature, and the history of photography generally. The book grounds Stevenson’s photographic and literary practice in late-nineteenth-century Pacific Island history and contextualizes his writing and photography as a response to places, people, and politics. Building on current studies of colonial photography, however, it also offers readings of photographs that emphasize Islander agency and the medium’s potential to produce a counter-colonial discourse that challenges the assumed correlation between ideology and image.



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  • Carla Manfredi
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  1. 1.University of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

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