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Natural Visions The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform

ISBN-10: 0226173267
ISBN-13: 9780226173269
Edition: 2008
Authors: Finis Dunaway
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Description: InNatural Visions, Finis Dunaway tells the story of how visual imagery-such as wilderness photographs, New Deal documentary films, and Sierra Club coffee-table books-shaped modern perceptions of the natural world and led to the development of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.50" wide x 5.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

InNatural Visions, Finis Dunaway tells the story of how visual imagery-such as wilderness photographs, New Deal documentary films, and Sierra Club coffee-table books-shaped modern perceptions of the natural world and led to the development of the contemporary conservation movement. By examining the relationship between the camera and environmental politics through detailed studies of key artists and activists, Dunaway captures the emotional and spiritual meaning that became associated with the American landscape. Throughout the book, he reveals how photographers and filmmakers adapted longstanding traditions in American culture-the Puritan jeremiad, the romantic sublime, and the frontier myth-to literally picture nature as a place of grace for the individual and the nation. Beautifully illustrated with photographs by Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and a host of other artists,Natural Visionswill appeal to a wide range of readers interested in American cultural history, the visual arts, and environmentalism. 0;InNatural Visions, Dunaway takes us on a cultural tour of many of the most politically powerful environmental images of the twentieth century, using a richly biographical approach to situate images within their full contexts.1;-Thomas Robertson,American Quarterly 0;Well written, and at times even poetic,Natural Visionsis a compelling study with much to offer both general readers and specialists in environmental representation.1;-Daniel J. Philippon,Environmental History 0;It is the artists behind the images who interest [Dunaway] most, in particular the way they were carried along by, or leaned against, the political and cultural winds, and how their actions led to the modern environmental movement. He has a fine eye for subtleties, and a light touch.1;-Michael Bond,New Scientist

Finis Dunaway researches and writes about  American cultural and environmental history. He is associate professor of history at Trent University, Canada.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
List of Abbreviations
Transcendental Vision
Gleason's Transparent Eyeball
The Nature of the New Deal
The Decline to Dust
The River of Time
A Flicker of Permanence
Picturing the American Earth
Nature on the Coffee Table
Thoreau with a Camera
American Elegy, American Renewal
Epilogue: The Ecological Sublime
Notes
Index

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