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The African presenceRepresentations of Africa in the construction of Britishness$
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Graham Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088858

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088858.001.0001

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Putting images into (e)motion: representing Africa through suffering

Putting images into (e)motion: representing Africa through suffering

(p.18) 2 Putting images into (e)motion: representing Africa through suffering
The African presence

Graham Harrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter argues that imagery is initially experienced emotionally. It establishes that images of Africa are centrally images of suffering and that this generates emotional responses of compassion and guilt. This connection is most strongly exemplified in images of famine. The chapter also emphasises the subjectivity of the spectator. It goes on to highlight how emotional responses to images are influenced by racial identities and attitudes towards childhood. It ends by suggesting that the emotional responses to images of suffering make perceptions unstable and painful.

Keywords:   Emotion, Suffering, Imagery, Compassion, Race, Famine, Biopolitics

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