Visions of America since 1492

Visions of America since 1492

by Deborah L. Madsen
     
 

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The common theme of these essays is the evolution of American cultural identities from a diverse colonial inheritance. Changing representations of what it means to be 'American' are assumed to be the consequence of shifting cross-cultural or transatlantic pressures. Since 1492 the experience of America has continually been interpreted both for and by Europeans; the… See more details below

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The common theme of these essays is the evolution of American cultural identities from a diverse colonial inheritance. Changing representations of what it means to be 'American' are assumed to be the consequence of shifting cross-cultural or transatlantic pressures. Since 1492 the experience of America has continually been interpreted both for and by Europeans; the colonial past constituting the prime source of introspective energies and self-conscious representations for all Americans. The collection is divided into two sections, juxtaposing colonial negotiations with 'native' Americans and the modern self-perceptions of 'native-born' Americans. The focus of the early part of the book is the vision of America that was formed through the process of colonization - with its attendant impact upon wildlife, landscapes and indigenous peoples - a vision registered in visual images and written records, as well as Western philosophical, ethnographical and aesthetic ideals.

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A collection of essays on the evolution of American cultural identities from a diverse colonial inheritance, divided into two sections on colonial negotiations with natives and the modern self- perceptions of native-born Americans. Topics include the process of colonization and its impact on wildlife and indigenous peoples, formation of post-colonial identity, global Americanization, European representations of the American Indian, and critical realism in the history of American art. Includes b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780312122812
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.77(d)

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