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  • Manufacturing the raw in design pageantries: the commodification and gendering of Brazilian tropical nature at the 1867 Exposition Universelle

Rezende, Livia, 2017, Journal Article, Manufacturing the raw in design pageantries: the commodification and gendering of Brazilian tropical nature at the 1867 Exposition Universelle Journal of Design History, 30 (2). pp. 122-138. ISSN 0952-4649

Abstract or Description:

In this article I interrogate the complex relationship between nature and culture by examining how tropical nature and raw materials were conceptualized and displayed in the nineteenth century. I do so by discussing a display of tropical wood mounted by the Empire of Brazil for the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867. The reception of this display in Europe is analysed through Karl Max’s ideas on the gendering of nature and commodity exchange, through the concept of tropicality, and through Claude Lévi-Strauss’s binaries of the raw and the cooked, which help reveal how natural materials were commodified into things themselves. Broadly, I am interested in putting ‘nature in our official past’ and bringing key concerns from environmental history studies to the fore, to bear on studies in design history.

Official URL: http://academic.oup.com//jdh/article/doi/10.1093/j...
Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Funders: CAPES Foundation of Brazil, Society for Latin American Studies (UK), Design History Society
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epx007
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 14:14
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2773

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