Views of American Landscapes

Views of American Landscapes

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This collection of essays addresses the ways in which American and British writers, painters and photographers have represented the American environment. Focusing on such figures as Jefferson, Crèvecoeur, John Neal, James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, Thomas Cole, Samuel Morse, Fanny Kemble, Dickens, Hawthorne, Clarence King and Edward Curtis, the authors explore the preconceptions, ideologies, and rhetorical and aesthetic conventions that shaped attitudes to the North American continent. With its numerous illustrations, including early photographs of the American West, this book will appeal to both scholars and students with an interest in American literature, history and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521033930
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Mick Gidley is Emeritus Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds. He has been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council. In 2007 he was awarded the Arthur Miller Prize for an essay on Richard Avedon published in the final issue of the annual Prospects (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and in 2009 he was made a lifetime Honorary Fellow of the British Association for American Studies. His books include With One Sky Above Us: Life on an Indian Reservation at the Turn of the Century (1979 and 1985), Kopet: A Documentary Narrative of Chief Joseph's Last Years (1981 and 1983), Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated (Cambridge University Press, 1998 and 2000) and Photography and the USA (2011). As well as many essays on literary and cultural history, he has edited or co-edited such works as Modern American Culture: An Introduction (1992 and 1995), American Photographs in Europe (1994), Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian Project in the Field (2003 and 2010) and Writing with Light: Words and Photographs in American Texts (2010). He is currently completing E. O. Hoppé at Large: Photographing the Modern World.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; Foreword Leo Marx; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction Mick Gidley and Robert Lawson-Peebles; Part I. Prospects: 2. 'Gilded backgrounds': reflections on the perception of space and landscape in America Clive Bush; 3. The impermanent sublime: nature, photography and the Petrarchan tradition Olaf Hansen; 4. American landscape and the figure of anticipation: paradox and recourse Stephen Fender; 5. Trails of topographic notions: expeditionary photography in the American West Philip Stokes; Part II. Anglo-American Perspectives: 6. The absent landscape of America's eighteenth century Robert Clark; 7. Ecriture and landscape: British writing on post-revolutionary America Christopher Mulvey; 8. Dickens goes west Robert Lawson-Peebles; Part III. American Illustrations: 9. The old world and the new in the national landscapes of John Neal Francesca Orestano; 10. Landscape painting and the domestic typology of post-revolutionary America Graham Clarke; 11. Winter landscape in the early Republic: survival and sentimentality Bernard Mergen; 12. The dark view of things: the isolated figure in the American landscapes of Cole and Bryant Allen J. Koppenhaver; 13. The figure of the Indian in photographic landscapes Mick Gidley; Index.

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