FIELDS of VISION - Landscape Imagery & National Identity in England & The United States.

Stephen Daniels.

Published by Polity,, 1994
ISBN 10: 0745613543 / ISBN 13: 9780745613543
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Synopsis: This work discusses how the world around us is seen, interpreted and constructed. It examines how different landscapes have served to define national identity in England and the United States. The representation of rural, urban and industrial scenes in the works of artists, writers and designers, including John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Cole, Humphry Repton and Christopher Wren, is analyzed in depth. Their works are interpreted in the context of their own times and as reinterpreted in later periods. The use of paintings like Constable's "Haywain" in modern publicity is examined, as is the representation of Wren's St Paul's Cathedral in the present Prince of Wales's book, "Vision of Britain". Two chapters examine how landscape conventions developed in England were deployed in definitions of American national identity. The book shows how landscape imagery encapsulates a variety of social relations and forms of knowledge, and how depictions of national identity in landscape affect local, regional and international identities. Daniels emphasizes the relation between landscape depiction and another main expression of national identity - historical narration.

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"This intelligent and highly readable extended essay discusses the charged meanings of civic forms, created landscapes (such as gardens and parks), and painted landscapes in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century England and America. . . . The interweaving of landscape meanings for Britain and the United States is very stimulating, as is Daniels's comfortable shifting of attention among media."--John Wilmerding, Princeton University


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Title: FIELDS of VISION - Landscape Imagery & ...
Publisher: Polity,
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: PaperBack
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