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How German Is the American West? The Legacy of Caspar David Friedrich’s Visual Poetics in American Landscape Painting

Observation Points (cover art)
Sabine Wilke. "How German Is the American West? The Legacy of Caspar David Friedrich’s Visual Poetics in American Landscape Painting." Observation Points: The Visual Poetics of National Parks. Ed. by Thomas Patin. University of Minnesota Press: 2012.

A new understanding of visual rhetoric offers unique insights into issues of representation and identity

By examining how rhetoric—particularly visual rhetoric—shapes our views of nature and the “natural” place of humans, Observation Points offers insights into questions of representation, including the formation of national identity. The collected essays cover a wide array of subjects, including park architecture, landscape painting, public ceremonies, and techniques of display, advancing a provocative new visual genealogy of representation.

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