The title of the book infelicities comes from philosopher j l austin who used the term to refer to what happens when something goes wrong on the occasion of an act of utterance for mason this doctrine of infelicities seems applicable to european encounters with the exotic and the efforts to represent thoseencounters. Rather he points out it is the very act of discovery that produces the exotic as such in infelicities peter mason explores the texts paintings drawings photographs and museum displays in which the exotic has been represented from the early modern period to the present. Peter masons infelicities representations of the exotic surveys a variety of european visual representations of the americas from 1500 to 1920 this eight chapter study examines the idea of the exotic as it has been defined interpreted and employed by predominantly aristocratic european artists and collectors. Infelicities representations of the exotic by peter mason baltimore md johns hopkins university press 1998 xiii 255 pp figures bibliography index 3995 cloth combining art historical and critical literary modes of analysis peter mason defines and illustrates the exotic in a variety of european art forms from 1500 1920 in infelicities. Get this from a library infelicities representations of the exotic peter mason in infelicities peter mason explores the texts paintings drawings photographs and museum displays in which the exotic has been represented from the early modern period to the present he
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