As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art / Edition 1

As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art / Edition 1

by Rebecca Solnit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820324930

ISBN-13: 9780820324937

Pub. Date: 03/17/2003

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

To Rebecca Solnit, the word "landscape" implies not only literal places, but also the ground on which we invent our lives and confront our innermost troubles and desires. The organic world, to Solnit, gives rise to the social, political, and philosophical landscapes we inhabit. As Eve Said to the Serpent skillfully weaves the natural world with the realm of

Overview

To Rebecca Solnit, the word "landscape" implies not only literal places, but also the ground on which we invent our lives and confront our innermost troubles and desires. The organic world, to Solnit, gives rise to the social, political, and philosophical landscapes we inhabit. As Eve Said to the Serpent skillfully weaves the natural world with the realm of art—its history, techniques, and criticism—to offer a remarkable compendium of Solnit's research and ruminations.

The nineteen pieces in this book range from the intellectual formality of traditional art criticism to highly personal, lyrical meditations. All are distinguished by Solnit's vivid, original style that blends imaginative associations with penetrating insights. These thoughts produce quirky, intelligent, and wryly humorous content as Solnit ranges across disciplines to explore nuclear test sites, the meaning of national borders, deserts, clouds, and caves—as well as ideas of the feminine and the sublime as they relate to our physical and psychological terrains.

Sixty images throughout the book display the work of the contemporary artists under discussion, including landscape photographers, performance artists, sculptors, and installation artists. Alongside her text, Solnit's gallery of images provides a vivid excursion into new ways of perceiving landscape, bodies, and art. Animals and the human body appear together with space and terra firma as Solnit reconfigures the blurred lines that define nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820324937
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
03/17/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
687,432
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bird's-Eye View1
The Bomb: Lise Meitner's Walking Shoes15
The Overview: Elements of a New Landscape45
The Desert: Scapeland63
The Camera
Unsettling the West: Contemporary American Landscape Photography90
Look the Other Way: New Western Landscapes99
The Computer: The Garden of Merging Paths109
The Walls: Policing Paradise, or Et in California Ego123
The Museum: Noah's Alphabet133
The Signs: Crossing143
The Foundation: Dirt149
The Making: Landscapes of Emergency160
Ecstasies of Form
Caves177
The Atmosphere That Surrounds Solid Bodies181
Perspective Lessons
Timelines184
The Vanishing Point186
Backward Glance: Flower Thieves188
The Nature of Gender / the Gender of Nature
Uplift and Separate: The Aesthetics of Nature Calendars200
The View from Mount Venus: Notes on the Aesthetic of the Exquisite205
Afterword: The Present219
Notes223
Acknowledgments231
Index233

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