As an international ecotourism destination, Yosemite National Park welcomes millions of climbers, sightseers, and other visitors from around the world annually, all of whom are afforded dramatic experiences of the natural world. This original and cross-disciplinary book offers an ethnographic and performative study of Yosemite visitors in order to understand human connection with and within natural landscapes. By grounding a novel “eco-semiotic” analysis in the lived reality of parkgoers, it forges surprising connections, assembling a collective account that will be of interest to disciplines ranging from performance studies to cultural geography.
About the Author
Sally Ann Ness is Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Riverside. She is author of Where Asia Smiles (2003) as well as Body Movement and Culture (1992), which won the de la Torre Bueno Prize and the CORD Outstanding Publication in Dance Research Award. She has also co-edited, with Carrie Noland, the collection Migrations of Gesture (2008). Her research in Yosemite was funded in part by a 2007 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Landscape Performance Theory, an Introduction 3
1 Bouldering: Movements of the Unforetold 43
2 Climbing: Scenic-Obscenic Movement 72
3 Hiking: Self-World Transformations 101
III Moving On
4 Unwinding and Changing Course 129
5 The Spartanburg Coincidence 155