Culture, Technology, and the Creation of Americas National Parks by Richard GrusinCulture, Technology, and the Creation of Americas National Parks by Richard Grusin

Culture, Technology, and the Creation of Americas National Parks

byRichard Grusin

Paperback | September 18, 2008

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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.
Title:Culture, Technology, and the Creation of Americas National ParksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:September 18, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521081688

ISBN - 13:9780521081689

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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; Notes; Index.

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