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Michael Gaudio, August 2007

Michael Gaudio (Ph.D., Stanford, 2001) specializes in the visual culture of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world (ca. 1500-1800). His scholarship, which focuses primarily upon England and North America, examines the status and function of the visual image (especially the printed image) within the contexts of early modern science, religion, and cultural encounter. His publications have addressed such topics as visual ethnography, natural history illustration, cartographic practices, and landscape representation.

 

The interview can be downloaded as a video podcast (128.4 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 53.9 MB).

Prof. Gaudio’s book, Engraving the Savage: The New World and Techniques of Civilization (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), examines how the early modern technology of engraving has shaped western notions of the “civil” and the “savage.” Other publications include “Surface and Depth: The Art of Early American Natural History,” in Sue Ann Prince, ed., Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge: Natural History in North America 1730-1860 (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2003); “The Space of Idolatry: Reformation, Incarnation and the Ethnographic Image,” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 41 (Spring 2002); “Swallowing the Evidence: William Bartram and the Limits of Enlightenment,” Winterthur Portfolio 36 (Spring 2001); and “Matthew Paris and the Cartography of the Margins,” Gesta 39.1 (2000).

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