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Author Cusack, Tricia

Title Riverscapes and national identities / Tricia Cusack

Publ Info Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, [2010]
Edition First edition
 RWU Main Library  N7725.R58 C87 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 237 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Space, place, and society
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-220) and index
Contents Introduction: riverscapes and national identities -- The chosen people: The Hudson River School and the construction of American identity -- THe Victorian Thames: England's silver stream or Britain's "monster soup"? -- Impression of leisure on the Seine: national identity and forgetting in the French third republic -- "Our Russian essence": the Volga riverscape and cultural nationalism -- Shannon riverscapes: myth and modernity in the making of Ireland -- Naturalizing the nation: sacred riverscapes and the flow of history
Note Tricia Cusack explores the significance of painted riverscapes for the creation of national identities in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe and America. Focusing on five rivers--the Hudson, the Volga, the Seine, the Thames, and the Shannon--the author shows how just as ancient river mythologies served the ends of powerful religious and political groups, modern riverscapes incorporated dominant, often religious conceptions of the nation. --from publisher description
LC subject Rivers in art
Rivers -- Social aspects
Water and civilization
ISBN 9780815632115 (cl. : alk. paper)
0815632118 (cl. : alk. paper)