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

ISBN-10: 0521081688
ISBN-13: 9780521081689
Edition: 2008
Authors: Richard Grusin
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

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

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