Looking Beyond Border Lines

Looking Beyond Border Lines : North America's Frontier Imagination

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American territorial borders have undergone significant and unparalleled changes in the last decade. They serve as a powerful and emotionally charged locus for American national identity that parallels the historical idea of the frontier. But the concept of the frontier, so central to American identity throughout modern history, has all but disappeared in contemporary representation while the border has served to uncomfortably fill the void left in the spatial imagination of American culture. This book focuses on the shifting relationship between borders and frontiers in North America, specifically the ways in which they have been imaged and imagined since their formation in the nineteenth century and how tropes of visuality are central to their production and meaning. Rodney links ongoing discussions in political geography and visual culture in new ways to demonstrate how contemporary American borders exhibit security as a display strategy that is resisted and undermined through a variety of cultural practices.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 562.45g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 34 black & white illustrations, 34 black & white halftones
  • 1138842249
  • 9781138842243

About Lee Rodney

Lee Rodney is Associate Professor of Media Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Windsor, Canada. She has written on contemporary art, cultural theory and visual culture in a range of books and publications including: The Informal Market Worlds Atlas (NAi), Future Anterior, Space and Culture, Parallax, Prefix Photo and PAJ: Performance Art Journal.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Sight and Site on the Line Part I: The Territorial Imagination 1. Framing the Frontier: From Survey to Surveillance 2. Homeland as Home Front: Terror, Territory and Television Part II: Mobile Frontiers 3. Exhibiting the Frontier: Thresholds and Checkpoints as Museological Projects 4. Canada as the Borderline Case: 'Outer America' and the Northern Frontier Part III: Modalities of Dissensus 5. Psychogeography after NAFTA 6. Sites of Dissensus: Aesthetics after the Border 7. Have you left the American Sector? Detroit's Borderama Spectacleshow more

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