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Beyond Feathers: Visualizing Brazil in Early Modern Europe

Wed, May 23, 2:15 to 3:45pm, TBA

Session Submission Type: Panel


This session brings together an interdisciplinary, international group of scholars to explore one dimension of the Congress’s overarching theme, “Latin American Studies in a Globalized World,” by examining how printed images shaped the perception of Brazilian people, plants, and animals among Europeans during the “first global age” beginning in the sixteenth century. Three papers by an art historian, anthropologist, and literary scholar look beyond the famous Tupinambá “feather costume” that circulated widely in European print culture, to address other ways that Brazil was imagined and represented visually, and to investigate the reproduction, use, and impact of those representations.

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