Looking West by John D. DorstLooking West by John D. Dorst

Looking West

byJohn D. Dorst

Paperback | February 1, 1999

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Through a series of Western texts--folkloric, photographic, literary, and historical--Dorst outlines another pattern of looking west, one characterized by optical distortion, faulty vision, and the ambiguous intersection of spectatorship, display, and covert observation. He applies the insights gained from this analysis of discursive patterns to various cultural displays located in the contemporary West.In a series of ethnographic case studies--two folk art displays, a Western heritage theme park, and Devils Tower National Monument--he shows how this other discourse plays out at actual sites and institutions. In doing so, Dorst offers an account of visual practices that, though dressed in the images and narratives of the American West, are in fact characteristic of our modern consumer culture in general.

Title:Looking WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.96 × 6.05 × 0.66 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0812214404

ISBN - 13:9780812214406

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More than any other region or era in the world, the American West is a visually documented and visually understood entity. Author John D. Dorst has focused on the American West as a jumping point for forming an understanding of our modern visual discourses. Looking West uses Western photography and texts to show how the ambiguous intersection of spectatorship, display and covert observation characterizes our understanding of the Old West. Dorst then puts forth the idea these themes are characteristic of our modern consumer culture.