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The shadow of a nation : remembering the Black woman in the nomadic picture

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The shadow of a nation : remembering the Black woman in the nomadic picture

Provost, T. M. T (1998) The shadow of a nation : remembering the Black woman in the nomadic picture. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Francois Malepart de Beaucourt (1740-1794), an artist of Parisian and French-Canadian heritage, allegedly painted Portrait of a Negro Slave in 1786. Also known as La Negresse, or The Negress, the portrait has since become one of Canada's most famous historical paintings. After two centuries, it continues to circulate within the world of Canadian art history and history. Yet problems arise with the way the painting has been/is represented and remembered. Racism, sexism and subordination shadow this image. My thesis aims to historicise Portrait of a Negro Slave and to retrieve the obscured historical memory conjured by the enigmatic poser in the image. My analysis looks at, and problemises, both contemporary and historical discourses that use the metalanguage of colonialism and imperialism to re/present the painting. What types of discriminations are being condoned and continued through these c/overt discourses? Also, what are some of the discursive meanings overlooked in the image and its context?

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Provost, T. M. T
Pagination:ix, 175 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Acland, Joan Reid
ID Code:784
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:14
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:16
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