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 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. Infelicities representations of the exotic review the juxtaposition of confucius depicted as a scholar sage opposite a caustic image of chinese in the miracle teapot is a most striking way to emphasize the theme of this absorbing account of the great encounter of china and the west 1500 1800 james r corcoran hawaii pacific university
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