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Arcadian Waters and Wanton Seas

The Iconology of Waterscapes in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Culture
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ISBN-13:
9781433102974
Einband:
Buch
Seiten:
275
Autor:
Arne Neset
Gewicht:
530 g
Format:
230x160x mm
Serie:
.36, American University Studies
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The nineteenth century was the great age of landscape painting in Europe and America. In an era of rapid industrialization and transformation of landscape, pictures of natural scenes were what people wanted most to display in their homes. The most popular and marketable pictures, often degenerating into kitsch, showed a wilderness with a pond or a lake in which obtrusive signs of industry and civilization had been edited out.Inspired by Romantic ideas of the uniqueness of the nation, pictorial and literary art was supposed to portray the "soul" of the nation and the spirit of place, a view commonly adopted by cultural and art historians on both sides of the Atlantic. Arcadian Waters and Wanton Seas argues that nationalistic or exceptionalist interpretations disregard deep-rooted iconological traditions in transatlantic culture. Depictions and ideas of nature go back to the classical ideas of Arcadia and Eden in which fountains, ponds, lakes, rivers, and finally the sea itself are central elements. Following their European colleagues, American artists typically portrayed the American Arcadia through the classical conventions.
Arcadian Waters and Wanton Seas adopts the interdisciplinary and comparative methodological perspectives that characterize American studies. The book draws on art history, cultural history, literature, and the study of the production and use of visual images, and will serve well as a textbook for courses on American studies or cultural history of the Western world.

The nineteenth century was the great age of landscape painting in Europe and America. In an era of rapid industrialization and transformation of landscape, pictures of natural scenes were what people wanted most to display in their homes. The most popular and marketable pictures, often degenerating into kitsch, showed a wilderness with a pond or a lake in which obtrusive signs of industry and civilization had been edited out.Inspired by Romantic ideas of the uniqueness of the nation, pictorial and literary art was supposed to portray the "soul" of the nation and the spirit of place, a view commonly adopted by cultural and art historians on both sides of the Atlantic. Arcadian Waters and Wanton Seas argues that nationalistic or exceptionalist interpretations disregard deep-rooted iconological traditions in transatlantic culture. Depictions and ideas of nature go back to the classical ideas of Arcadia and Eden in which fountains, ponds, lakes, rivers, and finally the sea itself are central elements. Following their European colleagues, American artists typically portrayed the American Arcadia through the classical conventions.
Arcadian Waters and Wanton Seas adopts the interdisciplinary and comparative methodological perspectives that characterize American studies. The book draws on art history, cultural history, literature, and the study of the production and use of visual images, and will serve well as a textbook for courses on American studies or cultural history of the Western world.
Autor: Arne Neset
The Author: Arne Neset is Professor Emeritus of American studies at the University of Stavanger in Norway. He was educated at the University of Oslo, extended by a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. In addition to teaching and administration at the colleges that now constitute the University of Stavanger, Neset was an exchange professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His research interests and publications are in American cultural history, iconology, and landscape portrayal. Neset is also a former president of the American Studies Association of Norway.
Autor: Arne Neset
ISBN-13:: 9781433102974
ISBN: 1433102978
Verlag: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers
Gewicht: 530g
Seiten: 275
Sprache: Englisch
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