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Romantic Prophecy: how J. M. W. Turner and Percy Bysshe Shelley used portrayals of North Africa to foreshadow the fall of the British Empire by Hallam Bullock

The region of North Africa was described by Michel Foucault as a 'heterotopia': a physical site in which diverse and ambiguous liniments of time and space exist.1 Shaped by a history of multiple colonial conquests, the area was considered by JMW Turner and Percy Shelley to be a palimpsest of different cultures, where empires where built, destroyed, and rose once again under new regimes. To Shelley and Turner, North Africa’s history foreshadowed the fall of the British empire. This paper shall explore how both Shelley and Turner portrayed North Africa to criticise British imperialism in the painting The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire and the poem 'Ozymandias'.

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Thursday, April 13, 2023
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Romantic Prophecy: how J. M. W. Turner and Percy Bysshe Shelley used portrayals of North Africa to foreshadow the fall of the British Empire by Hallam Bullock, All rights reserved.