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NARRATING THE LANDSCAPE: PRINT CULTURE AND AMERICAN EXPANSION IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Matthew N. Johnston. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2016. Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West, 24. 242 pp. with 92 ills. (21 col.). 29 x 22 cm. LC 2015-37905 ISBN 9780806152233 In English.
Publisher's description: 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.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Graphic Arts (Prints)
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170931
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