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Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America's National Parks


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List of illustrations; Preface and acknowledgments; Introduction - reproducing nature: the technology of national parks; 1. Recreating Yosemite: landscape, nationalism, and the nature of aesthetic agency; 2. Representing Yellowstone: art, science, and fidelity to nature; 3. Recognizing the Grand Canyon: naming, sublimity, and the limits of mediation; Conclusion - remediating nature: national parks as mediated public space; Notes; Index.

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Grusin investigates how the establishment of national parks participated in the production of American national identity after the Civil War.

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Richard Grusin is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of Transcendentalist Hermeneutics: Higher Criticism and the Institutional Authority of the Bible (1991) and co-author (with Jay David Bolter) of Remediation: Understanding New Media (1999).


"The evidence (Grusin) invokes is fascinating, and serves to freshly illuminate the cultural landscape from which our first national parks emerged. Recommended." M.A. Olshan, Alfred University, CHOICE "Grusin presents historians with a fresh outlook on the parks that will inspire further creative efforts." - James Pritchard, Iowa State University

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