A landmark collection of essays on the intersections of visual art, cultural studies, and environmental history in America.
A Keener Perception offers a series of case studies on topics ranging from John Whites watercolors of the Carolina landscape executed during Sir Walter Raleighs 1585 Roanoke expedition to photographs by environmental activist Eliot Porter. Rather than merely resurrect past instances of ecologically attuned art, this volume features essays that resituate many canonical figures, such as Thomas Eakins, Aaron Douglas, and Isamu Noguchi, in an ecocritical light by which they have yet to be viewed. Studying such artists and artworks through an ecocritical lens not only provides a better understanding of these works and the American landscape, but also brings a new interpretive paradigm to the field of art historya field that many of these critics believe would do well to embrace environmental concerns as a vital area of research.
In highlighting the work of scholars who bring ecological agendas to their study of American art, as well as providing models for literary scholars who might like to better incorporate the visual arts into their own scholarship and teaching,A Keener Perception is truly a landmark collectiontimely, consequential, and controversial.
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