The Shape of Texas: Maps as Metaphors / Edition 1

The Shape of Texas: Maps as Metaphors / Edition 1

by Richard V. Francaviglia
     
 


Texas-shaped ashtrays, belt buckles, earrings, kitchen utensils--"Texas kitsch"--fill gift shops alongside highways and in airports. The Lone Star State's unmistakable shape is appropriated by advertisers to hawk everything from beans to automobiles inside Texas' borders and beyond. As a billboard-sized neon sign glowing atop a popular honkey-tonk, the Texas map… See more details below

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Texas-shaped ashtrays, belt buckles, earrings, kitchen utensils--"Texas kitsch"--fill gift shops alongside highways and in airports. The Lone Star State's unmistakable shape is appropriated by advertisers to hawk everything from beans to automobiles inside Texas' borders and beyond. As a billboard-sized neon sign glowing atop a popular honkey-tonk, the Texas map illuminates the Fort Worth night sky, attracting tourists in search of a good time--and a share of the Texas experience.

Over the years America's most recognizable state outline has become one of its most potent symbols, a metaphor for Texas popular culture. In the last decade, the private, commercial, and official use of the Texas map as cultural symbol has boomed.

Richard V. Francaviglia identifies this current trend as "Tex-map mania," and contends that the Texas map as icon integrates geography with history--and gives shape to a mythic landscape and to abstracted notions of what Texas is and who Texans are.

Written in a lively style that engages both the scholar and

the general reader in a discussion of the power of symbol and the

meaning and significance of a shared aesthetic, The Shape of Texas is at the crossroads of cartography and popular culture. Francaviglia uses more than one hundred illustrations in offering a provocative visual and written account of this important, yet much neglected, aspect of Texas history and the dynamics of a still emerging Texas identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890966648
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Series:
Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction3
1Maps and Identity12
2The Shape of Texas30
3The Creation of an Icon55
4From Map to Symbol80
Epilogue: The Map of Texas and the Future105
Notes107
Bibliography111
Index114

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