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Open Access 12. The Spaces of Memory and their Transmediations. On the Lives of Exotic Images and their Material Evocations

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12. The Spaces of Memory and their Transmediations. On the Lives of Exotic Images and their Material Evocations

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Images of the world and conceptions of the world passed through myriad sources and media, thereby furnishing a much valued if also much handled form of memory. Sources of geography might document the personal experience of this or that traveller or artist, merchant or colonial agent overseas. This chapter examines these pictorial forms of global memory icons, as it were, of the early modern exotic world; pictures worth more than a thousand words. It considers how they obtained and dispersed meaning in their many iterations, and reflects on how sources of geography functioned to shift and shape new meanings as they moved from source to source and from medium to medium. The chapter explores how shifts in meaning, or transmediations, might have influenced early modern Europe's 'memory' of the world it was coming to know in this critical age of exploration and empire.

Keywords: Europe's 'memory'; exotic world; geography; global memory icons; transmediations

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