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The Resource Observation points : the visual poetics of national parks, Thomas Patin, editor

Observation points : the visual poetics of national parks, Thomas Patin, editor

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Observation points : the visual poetics of national parks
Title
Observation points
Title remainder
the visual poetics of national parks
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Patin, editor
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Language
eng
Summary
"National parks are the places that present ideas of nature to Americans: Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone bring to mind quintessential and awe-inspiring wilderness. By examining how rhetoric--particularly visual rhetoric--has worked to shape our views of nature and the "natural" place of humans, Observation Points offers insights into questions of representation, including the formation of national identity. As Thomas Patin reveals, the term "nature" is artificial and unstable, in need of constant maintenance and reconstruction. The process of stabilizing its representation, he notes, is unavoidably political. America's national parks and monuments show how visual rhetoric operates to naturalize and stabilize representations of the environment. As contributors demonstrate, visual rhetoric is often transparent, structuring experience while remaining hidden in plain sight. Scenic overlooks and turnouts frame views for tourists. Visitor centers, with their display cases and photographs and orientation films, provide their own points of view--literally and figuratively. Guidebooks, brochures, and other publications present still other ways of seeing. At the same time, images of America's "natural" world have long been employed for nationalist and capitalist ends, linking expansionism with American greatness and the "natural" triumph of European Americans over Native Americans. The essays collected here cover a wide array of subjects, including park architecture, landscape painting, public ceremonies, and techniques of display. Contributors are from an equally broad range of disciplines--art history, geography, museum studies, political science, American studies, and many other fields. Together they advance a provocative new visual genealogy of representation. Contributors: Robert M. Bednar, Southwestern U, Georgetown, Texas; Teresa Bergman, U of the Pacific; Albert Boime, UCLA; William Chaloupka, Colorado State U; Gregory Clark, Brigham Young U; Stephen Germic, Rocky Mountain College; Gareth John, St. Cloud State U, Minnesota; Mark Neumann, Northern Arizona U; Peter Peters, Maastricht U; Cindy Spurlock, Appalachian State U; David A. Tschida, U of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; Sabine Wilke, U of Washington."--
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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1958-
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Patin, Thomas
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  • Visual communication
  • National parks and reserves
  • Landscapes
  • Cultural landscapes
  • SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • ART
  • ARCHITECTURE
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Landscapes
  • Visual communication
  • United States
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Observation points : the visual poetics of national parks, Thomas Patin, editor
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Publication
Copyright
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Naturalizing rhetoric / Thomas Patin -- Being here, looking there: Mediating vistas in the national parks of the contemporary American West / Robert M. Bednar -- Remembering Zion: Architectural encounters in a national park / Gregory Clark -- Roadside wilderness: U.S. national park design in the 1950s and 1960s / Peter Peters -- Critical vehicles crash the scene: Spectacular nature and popular spectacle at the Grand Canyon / Mark Neumann -- How German is the American West? The legacy of Caspar David Friedrich's visual poetics in American landscape painting / Sabine Wilke -- Yellowstone National Park in metaphor: Place and actor representations in visitor publications / David A. Tschida -- Image/text/geography: Yellowstone and the spatial rhetoric of landscape / Gareth John -- Can patriotism be carved in stone? A critical analysis of Mount Rushmore's orientation films / Teresa Bergman -- Thinking like a mountain: Mount Rushmore's gaze / William Chaloupka -- George Catlin's wilderness utopia / Albert Boime -- Memorials and mourning: Recovering native resistance in and to the monuments of the nation / Stephen Germic -- America's best idea: Environmental public memory and the rhetoric of conservation civics / Cindy Spurlock -- America in ruins: Parks, poetics, and politics -- Thomas Patin
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ocn801411609
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1 online resource (xxvi, 296 pages)
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Isbn
9780816679515
Lccn
2011049359
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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JSTOR
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)801411609
Label
Observation points : the visual poetics of national parks, Thomas Patin, editor
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Naturalizing rhetoric / Thomas Patin -- Being here, looking there: Mediating vistas in the national parks of the contemporary American West / Robert M. Bednar -- Remembering Zion: Architectural encounters in a national park / Gregory Clark -- Roadside wilderness: U.S. national park design in the 1950s and 1960s / Peter Peters -- Critical vehicles crash the scene: Spectacular nature and popular spectacle at the Grand Canyon / Mark Neumann -- How German is the American West? The legacy of Caspar David Friedrich's visual poetics in American landscape painting / Sabine Wilke -- Yellowstone National Park in metaphor: Place and actor representations in visitor publications / David A. Tschida -- Image/text/geography: Yellowstone and the spatial rhetoric of landscape / Gareth John -- Can patriotism be carved in stone? A critical analysis of Mount Rushmore's orientation films / Teresa Bergman -- Thinking like a mountain: Mount Rushmore's gaze / William Chaloupka -- George Catlin's wilderness utopia / Albert Boime -- Memorials and mourning: Recovering native resistance in and to the monuments of the nation / Stephen Germic -- America's best idea: Environmental public memory and the rhetoric of conservation civics / Cindy Spurlock -- America in ruins: Parks, poetics, and politics -- Thomas Patin
Control code
ocn801411609
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxvi, 296 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780816679515
Lccn
2011049359
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 69d3337b-a799-42d3-9619-90d17a3dd880
  • 22573/ctt1b7wc1f
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)801411609

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