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Author Johnston, Matt, 1970- author.

Title Narrating the landscape : print culture and American expansion in the nineteenth century / Matthew N. Johnston.

Publication Info. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    700.46 JOH    Available
Description 242 pages ; 29 cm.
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Series The Charles M. Russell Center series on art and photography of the American West ; Volume 24
Charles M. Russell Center series on art and photography of the American West ; v. 24.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-232) and index.
Contents Introduction : Landscape and Narrative in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Culture -- Reading the Past outside the Window : Competing Visions of History in Paintings and Railroad Guidebooks -- The Anatomy of Greed : Newport Tourist Literature and the Luminist Works of William Trost Richards and John Frederick Kensett -- 'Walking Statues' : Narrative and Landscape in Early American Ethnology -- The Figuration of Time in the Geological Surveys of the West.
Summary "The American nineteenth century saw a largely rural nation confined to the Eastern Seaboard conquer a continent and spawn increasingly dense commercial metropolises. This time of unprecedented territorial and economic growth has long been thought to find its most sweeping visual equivalent in the period's landscape paintings. But, as Matthew N. Johnston shows, the age's defining features were just as clearly captured in, and motivated by, visual material mass-produced through innovations in printing technology. Illustrated railroad and steamboat guidebooks, tourist literature, reports of geological surveys, ethnographic studies: all of these new print vehicles brought new meanings to the interplay of time, space, and place as American continental expansion peaked. Instrumental to that project of national and industrial growth, these commercial and scientific publications introduced readers, travelers, and citizens to a changing North American landscape made more accessible by new travel routes blazed between 1825 and 1875. More fundamentally, as Johnston shows in his nuanced analysis, by simulating new temporal frameworks through their presentation of landscape, these print materials established new models of consumption and new kinds of knowledge critical to expansion. Johnston relates these sources to traditional art historical subjects--the landscapes of the Hudson River school, luminist paintings by John Kensett and William Trost Richards, Native portraits painted by George Catlin, and photographs by Timothy O'Sullivan--to show how key discourses associated with expansion shifted away from picturesque strategies pairing imagery and narrative toward entirely new forms that gave temporal structure to viewers' experience of an emerging modernity."-- Publisher's description.
Subject Landscapes in art.
Landscape prints, American -- 19th century.
Art and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- In art.
United States -- In popular culture.
ISBN 9780806152233 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0806152230 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 99967943001

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