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Author Gersdorf, Catrin
Title The Poetics and Politics of the Desert : Landscape and the Construction of America
Imprint Amsterdam : BRILL, 2009
©2009
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Descript 1 online resource (357 pages)
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Series Spatial Practices Ser. ; v.v. 6
Spatial Practices Ser
Note Intro -- The Poetics and Politics of the Desert: Landscape and the Construction of America -- Contents -- Introduction: Mapping the (Critical) Territory -- 1. The Desert -- 2. The Desert/Landscape as Critical Concept -- 3. Moving American Studies into the Desert -- 4. The Desert as Ecocritical Environment -- 5. Garden, Orient, Wilderness, Heterotopia: The Eco-Spatial Rhetoric of America -- I. Garden -- 1. The Garden and the Political Economy of America -- 2. Report from Arid America: John Wesley Powell -- 3. The Conquest of Arid America: William E. Smythe -- 4. Arid America as Natural Habitat: Gary Paul Nabhan -- II. Orient -- 1. The Orient in America -- 2. Orientalist De/Construction: Susan E. Wallace -- 3. Orientalist Boosterism: Charles F. Lummis -- 4. Orientalist Aestheticism: John C. Van Dyke -- III. Wilderness -- 1. Wilderness and the Ethics of America -- 2. Wild Hope: Wallace Stegner -- 3. Wild Insolence: Edward Abbey -- 4. Wild Legacy: Barry Lopez, Charles Bowden, Ann H. Zwinger -- IV. Heterotopia -- 1. Moving Towards Desert Heterotopia: Mary Austin -- 2. Desert Temper: Joseph Wood Krutch -- 3. The Legacy of Desert Conquest: Richard Misrach -- 4. Desert Matters in the Borderlands: Alfredo Véa, Jr. -- Epilogue -- Bibliography -- Index
This study explores the ways in which the desert, as topographical space and cultural presence, shaped and reshaped concepts and images of America. Once a territory outside the geopolitical and cultural borders of the United States, the deserts of the West and Southwest have since emerged as canonical American landscapes. Drawing on the critical concepts of American studies and on questions and problems raised in recent debates on ecocriticism, The Poetics and Politics of the Desert investigates the spatial rhetoric of America as it developed in view of arid landscapes since the mid-nineteenth century. Gersdorf argues that the integration of the desert into America catered to the entire spectrum of ideological and political responses to the history and culture of the US, maintaining that the Americanization of this landscape was and continues to be staged within the idiomatic parameters and in reaction to the discursive authority of four spatial metaphors: garden, wilderness, Orient, and heterotopia
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Gersdorf, Catrin The Poetics and Politics of the Desert : Landscape and the Construction of America Amsterdam : BRILL,c2009 9789042024960
Subject Cultural landscapes -- United States.;Landscapes -- Symbolic aspects -- United States.;National characteristics, American.;United States -- Historical geography
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