Author: John D. Dorst
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 1999-01-01
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.
Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference
Release Date: 1976
Genre: United States
Contains 7,200 alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about various aspects of American history, covering politics, the arts, science and technology, the military, economics, and other topics; and includes a cross-referenced index.