Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature

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How do supporters of the environmental movement manipulate and promote images of "nature" to achieve support and sympathy? From the Sierra Club's use of Ansel Adams's stark and pristine portraits of the western United States to close-ups of plastic bottles and dead fish floating in Rust Belt waterways, visual depictions of landscapes and the degradation caused by humans have profoundly shaped popular notions of environmentalism and the environment. Despite the rhetorical power of images connected with the environmental movement over the past forty years, scholarship in environmental communication has focused almost exclusively on verbal rather than visual rhetoric. Ecosee offers a deeper and fuller understanding of the communicative strategies and power of the environmental movement by looking closely at the visual rhetorics involved in photographs, paintings, television and filmic images, video games, and other forms of image-based media.

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“…Ecosee … makes major contributions to analysis of the visual rhetorics in environmental discourses.” — The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

“By making visible just how visual communication plays a powerful role in shaping public opinions about the environment, Morey and Ecosee offer useful concepts and theories to continue studying visual rhetorics related to the environment … This collection particularly encourages us to think about research approaches that go beyond the textual and beyond the social constructionist perspective.” — JAC

“The contributors have provided thoughtful, smart essays that initiate a useful discussion for the field.” — Stuart C. Brown, coeditor of Green Culture: Environmental Rhetoric in Contemporary America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438425832
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2009
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney I. Dobrin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida and has written or edited many books, including (with Christopher J. Keller) Writing Environments and (with Christian R. Weisser) Natural Discourse: Toward Ecocomposition, both also published by SUNY Press.

Sean Morey is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Ecosee: A First Glimpse Sidney I. Dobrin Sean Morey 1

Part 1 How We See

Chapter 1 A Rhetorical Look at Ecosee Sean Morey 23

Chapter 2 Ecoporn: On the Limits of Visualizing the Nonhuman Bart H. Welling 53

Chapter 3 Ecology, Images, and Scripto-Visual Rhetoric Heather Dawkins 79

Chapter 4 Field Guides to Birds: Images and Image/Text Positioned as References Spencer Schaffner 95

Chapter 5 Eduardo Kac: Networks as Medium and Trope Simone Osthoff 113

Part 2 Seeing Animals

Chapter 6 From Dead Meat to Glow-in-the-Dark Bunnies: Seeing "the Animal Question" in Contemporary Art Cary Wolfe 129

Chapter 7 "They're There, and That's How We're Seeing It": Olly and Suzi in the Antarctic Steve Baker 153

Chapter 8 Connecting with Animals: The Aquarium and the Dreamer Fish Eleanor Morgan 169

Part 3 Seeing Landscapes and Seascapes

Chapter 9 Farming on Irish Film: An Ecological Reading Pat Brereton 185

Chapter 10 Postcards from the Andes: Politics of Representation in a Reimagined Perú Teresa E. P. Delfín 203

Chapter 11 That's Not a Reef. Now That's a Reef: A Century of (Re) Placing the Great Barrier Reef Kathryn Ferguson 223

Part 4 Seeing in Space and Time

Chapter 12 Evading Capture: The Productive Resistance of Photography in Environmental Representation Quinn R. Gorman 239

Chapter 13 The Test of Time: McLuhan, Space, and the Rise of Civilization Tom Tyler 257

Chapter 14 Seeing the Climate?: The Problematic Status of Visual Evidence in Climate Change Campaigning Julie Doyle 279

Chapter 15 Afterword M. Jimmie Killingsworth Jacqueline S. Palmer299

List of Contributors 311

Index 315

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