Fields of Vision

Fields of Vision : Landscape Imagery and National Identity in England and the United States

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This work discusses how the world around us is seen, interpreted and constructed. It examines how different landscapes have served to define national identity in England and the United States. The representation of rural, urban and industrial scenes in the works of artists, writers and designers, including John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Cole, Humphry Repton and Christopher Wren, is analyzed in depth. Their works are interpreted in the context of their own times and as reinterpreted in later periods. The use of paintings like Constable's "Haywain" in modern publicity is examined, as is the representation of Wren's St Paul's Cathedral in the present Prince of Wales's book, "Vision of Britain". Two chapters examine how landscape conventions developed in England were deployed in definitions of American national identity. The book shows how landscape imagery encapsulates a variety of social relations and forms of knowledge, and how depictions of national identity in landscape affect local, regional and international identities. Daniels emphasizes the relation between landscape depiction and another main expression of national identity - historical more

Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 16mm | 498.95g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745613543
  • 9780745613543

Table of contents

1. The Prince of Wales and the Shadow of St. Paul's. 2. Joseph Wright and the Spectacle of Power. 3. Humphry Repton and the Improvement of the Estate. 4. J.M.W. Turner and the Circulation of the State. 5. Thomas Cole and the Course of Empire. 6. Frances Palmer and the Incorporation of the Continent. 7. John Constable and the Making of Constable more