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Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America's National Parks

Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America's National Parks

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521081689

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About the Authors
  • Richard Grusin's innovative study investigates how the establishment of national parks contributed to the development of American national identity after the Civil War. Although parks are seen as an uncomplicated means of environmental preservation, Grusin argues that they must also be understood as complex cultural technologies dedicated to the reproduction of nature as landscape art. He explores the origins of America's three major parks--Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon--in relationship to other forms of landscape representation, including photography, mapping, travel writing and fiction.

    • Interdisciplinary and innovative cultural history of American national parks
    • Copiously illustrated with images of the American landscape
    • Will be of interest to cultural historians and eco-critics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The evidence (Grusin) invokes is fascinating, and serves to freshly illuminate the cultural landscape from which our first national parks emerged. Recommended." M.A. Olshan, Alfred University, CHOICE

    "Grusin presents historians with a fresh outlook on the parks that will inspire further creative efforts." - James Pritchard, Iowa State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521081689
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface and acknowledgments
    Introduction - reproducing nature: the technology of national parks
    1. Recreating Yosemite: landscape, nationalism, and the nature of aesthetic agency
    2. Representing Yellowstone: art, science, and fidelity to nature
    3. Recognizing the Grand Canyon: naming, sublimity, and the limits of mediation
    Conclusion - remediating nature: national parks as mediated public space

  • Author

    Richard Grusin, Wayne State University, Detroit
    Richard Grusin is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of Transcendentalist Hermeneutics: Higher Criticism and the Institutional Authority of the Bible (1991) and co-author (with Jay David Bolter) of Remediation: Understanding New Media (1999).

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