HARTUNG-BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR
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Massacres: The First Atlantic Pictorial Genre?
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier, Milena Glicenstein and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
Anne Lafont offers us a foretaste of her key new research on the genre of massacres, which she examines in a perspective that encompasses the history of scientific expeditions, territorial conquests, and eighteenth-century colonization efforts. She blends American, European, and Caribbean images into the same corpus. Lafont admirably shows in what way representations of massacre scenes were, for those who commissioned such scenes, the moment that inaugurated a new political era.