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This Ecstatic Nation

The American Landscape and the Aesthetics of Patriotism

This Ecstatic Nation( )
Author: Ryan, Terre
Publication Date:Sep 2011
Publisher:University of Massachusetts Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $23.95
Book Description:

Americans' cultural love affair with their country's landscape started in the nineteenth century, when expansionism was often promoted as divine mission, the West was still the frontier, and scenery became the backdrop of nationalist mythology. With a promise of resources ripe for development, Manifest Destiny--era aesthetics often reinforced a system of environmental degradation while preserving the wide and wild view. Although the aesthetics have evolved, contemporary media are...
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