Art and Identity at the Water's Edge

Art and Identity at the Water's Edge

by Tricia Cusack (Editor)


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The water's edge, whether shore or riverbank, is a marginal territory that becomes invested with layers of meaning. The essays in this collection present intriguing perspectives on how the water's edge has been imagined and represented in different places at various times and how this process contributed to the formation of social identities. Art and Identity at the Water's Edge focuses upon national coastlines and maritime heritage;
on rivers and seashore as regions of liminality and sites of conflicting identities; and on the edge as a tourist setting. Such themes are related to diverse forms of art, including painting, architecture, maps, photography,
and film. Topics range from the South African seaside resort of Durban to the French Riviera. The essays explore successive ideological mappings of the Jordan River, and how Czech cubist architecture and painting shaped a new nationalist reading of the Vltava riverbanks. They examine post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans as a filmic spectacle that questions assumptions about American identity, and the coast depicted as a site of patriotism in nineteenth-century British painting. The collection demonstrates how waterside structures such as maritime museums and lighthouses, and visual images of the water's edge, have contributed to the construction of cultural and national identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138249899
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/08/2016
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tricia Cusack's publications include Riverscapes and National Identities (2010); Art, Nation and Gender (co-edited; Ashgate 2003), and numerous articles. She teaches at the University of Birmingham.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: exploring the water's edge, Tricia Cusack; Part I The Nation at the Edge: Our English Coasts: defence and national identity in 19th-century Britain, Christiana Payne; The Baltic's edge: architecture and art in the service of Polish maritime policy, 1918-1939, Malgorzata Omilanowska; Hurricane Katrina as visual spectacle: Hurricane On The Bayou and the reframing of American national identity, Anna Hartnell. Part II Heritage by the Coast: The architecture and exhibits of Australian maritime museums: changing views at the water's edge from Sydney and Perth, William Taylor; To the Lighthouse: sentinels at the water's edge, Teresa Costa. Part III Conflicts of Identity at the Water's Edge: The Jordan river in ancient and modern maps, Rachel Havrelock; The fractured embankment: modernity and identity at the edge of the Vltava, Glyn Newman; Struggling for a day in the sun: the emergence of a beach culture among African people in Durban, Heather Hughes. Part IV Regions of Liminality: Zone of transition: visual culture and national regeneration on the French Riviera, c.1860-1900, Tania Woloshyn; The edge of reason? Dockside and riverbank in J.A. McNeil Whistler's The Thames Set (1859-1861) and James Tissot's paintings of the Thames, 1871-1882, Vicky Greenaway; An der Oder: river romance in Breslau, Deborah Ascher Barnstone. Part V The Edge as a Tourist Setting: Constructing the Donegal seaside at Rosapenna: imagining Norway in Victorian and Edwardian Ulster, Kevin J. James; Sunny snaps: commercial photography at the water's edge, Colin Harding; Index.

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