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Ayden Thomas, Illinois CollegeFollow

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4-30-2020

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" While it valued rational thought, Enlightenment Europe upheld literature and art that communicated violent colonialist ideals. Literary and artistic depictions of the violence surrounding exploration made their way into popular imagination; these portrayals used the violent encounters on the voyages of Captain James Cook (1768-1779) to introduce Cook as a symbol of heroic civilization and Pacific Islanders as symbols of barbarism. By creating an online exhibit using Omeka, I analyze the fictional work The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman (1778) alongside various works of art connected to the Cook voyages. My presentation, drawing from original archival research displayed in a digital space, will examine this relatively unknown literary work and establish its significance in the narrative of violent colonialist exploration. My exhibit uses paintings as supplementary resources to create a deeper understanding of the text and the culture surrounding it. By presenting my research on an online platform, I combine both visual and textual elements to comment on the conflicting ideals presented in Enlightenment literature and to make The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman and the events of the infamous "Grass Cove Incident" accessible to a wider audience. Through presenting aspects of my digital exhibit, "Of Follies, Vices, & Unspoilt Virtues: Literary and Artistic Representations of Western and Non-Western Violence on the Cook Voyages," I will illustrate in a more profound and meaningful way the means by which British popular imagination vilified Pacific Islander culture in the eighteenth century. Link to my Omeka: https://aydenthomas.omeka.net/exhibits "

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

Of Follies, Vices, & Unspoilt Virtues: Artistic Representations of Western and Non-Western Violence on the Cook Voyages

" While it valued rational thought, Enlightenment Europe upheld literature and art that communicated violent colonialist ideals. Literary and artistic depictions of the violence surrounding exploration made their way into popular imagination; these portrayals used the violent encounters on the voyages of Captain James Cook (1768-1779) to introduce Cook as a symbol of heroic civilization and Pacific Islanders as symbols of barbarism. By creating an online exhibit using Omeka, I analyze the fictional work The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman (1778) alongside various works of art connected to the Cook voyages. My presentation, drawing from original archival research displayed in a digital space, will examine this relatively unknown literary work and establish its significance in the narrative of violent colonialist exploration. My exhibit uses paintings as supplementary resources to create a deeper understanding of the text and the culture surrounding it. By presenting my research on an online platform, I combine both visual and textual elements to comment on the conflicting ideals presented in Enlightenment literature and to make The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman and the events of the infamous "Grass Cove Incident" accessible to a wider audience. Through presenting aspects of my digital exhibit, "Of Follies, Vices, & Unspoilt Virtues: Literary and Artistic Representations of Western and Non-Western Violence on the Cook Voyages," I will illustrate in a more profound and meaningful way the means by which British popular imagination vilified Pacific Islander culture in the eighteenth century. Link to my Omeka: https://aydenthomas.omeka.net/exhibits "