The College of Architecture is excited to announce Interior Design Professor Mark Hinchman has published another book, "Portrait of an Island: The Architecture and Material Culture of Gorée, Sénégal, 1758 - 1837."
The once famous trading center of Gorée, Sénégal today lies in the busy harbor of the modern city of Dakar. From its beginnings as a modest outpost, Gorée became one of the intersections which linked African trading routes to the European Atlantic trade. Then, as now, people of all nationalities poured into the island; Dutch, English, French and Portuguese came to trade with the Mande, Moor, Tukor and Wolof. Trading parties brought gold, horses, firewood, mirrors, books and more. They built houses of various forms, using American lumber, French roof tiles, freshly cut straw and pulverized seashells, and furnished them in as cosmopolitan a fashion as the city itself.
In Hinchman's book, he explores the houses, portraits and furnishings of the island's early modern inhabitants. Multiple features of eighteenth century Gorée (its demographic diversity, the prominence of women leaders, the phenomenon of identities in flux, and the importance of commerce, fashion and international trade) argue for its place in the construction of an early global modernity era. In an examination of the built and natural landscape, Portrait of an Island deciphers the material culture involved in the ever changing relationships amongst male, female, rich, poor, free and slave.
Other works by Mark Hinchman include History of Furniture: A Global View and The Fairchild Dictionary of Interior Design.
For a copy of this intriguing book visit: https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Portrait-of-an-Island,676374.aspx