Wednesday March 17, 2010 5:30 — 7:00 p.m.
The Spectacle of Maps in America, 1750 - 1840
Martin Brückner, University of Delaware
"The Spectacle of Maps in Early America" explores the rise of display maps during the period encompassing the consumer revolution in North America between 1750 and 1800. Taking its cue from much overlooked 18th-century definitions that declared maps to be "pictures," this chapter examines maps at the intersection of theories of visual representation, decorative design, and actual display practices. By tracking popular wall maps--ranging from Henry Popple's giant Map of the British Empire (1733) to smaller sized maps sold by Thomas Jefferys (1763) and Robert Sayer (1786)--into American material settings, it shows how decorative (rather than scientific) maps carto-coded both the visual perception of early Americans and their conceptions of social space.
All papers are pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar in person. For a copy of the paper, e-mail Heather Radke at email@example.com,or call (312) 255-3524.
The Newberry Library Seminar in Early American History and Culture is co-sponsored by the History Departments of DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago
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