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

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Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America's National Parks free pdf Richard Grusin's study investigates how the establishment of national parks participated in the production of American national identity after the Civil War. The creation of America's national parks is usually seen as an uncomplicated act of environmental preservation. Grusin argues, instead, that parks must be understood as complex cultural technologies for the reproduction of nature as landscape art. He explores the origins of America's three major parks - Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon - in relation to other forms of landscape representation in the late nineteenth century. He examines such forms as photography, painting, and mapping, plus a wide range of travel narratives, scientific and nature writing, and fiction. Grusin shows that while establishing a national park does involve preserving an area of land as a 'natural' rather than economic asset, a ranch or mine for instance, it also transforms the landscape into a culturally constructed object called 'nature'.

About Richard A. Grusin

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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Author : Richard A. Grusin
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Data Published : 18 September 2008
ISBN : 0521081688
EAN : 9780521081689
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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