By Karen R. Jones
Whether gratifying subsistence wishes or featured in tales of grand experience, looking loomed huge within the fabric and the imagined panorama of the nineteenth-century West. Epiphany within the Wilderness explores the social, political, monetary, and environmental dynamics of looking at the frontier in 3 “acts,” utilizing functionality as a path consultant and concentrating on the construction of a “cultural ecology of the chase” in literature, paintings, images, and taxidermy.
Using the metaphor of the theater, Jones argues that the West used to be a vital degree that framed the functionality of the yankee personality as an self sufficient, innovative, resilient, and rugged person. The major actor was once the all-conquering masculine hunter hero, the sharpshooting guy of the desert who tamed and claimed the West with each one provident step. ladies have been additionally an important a part of the tale, treading the sport trails as plucky adventurers and resilient homesteaders and performing out their exploits in autobiographical bills and level shows.
Epiphany within the Wilderness informs a variety of educational debates surrounding the frontier interval, together with the development of nature as a domain of non-public problem, gun tradition, gender diversifications and the crafting of the masculine desert hero determine, flora and fauna administration and intake, memorializing and trophy-taking, and the juxtaposition of a last frontier with an rising conservation movement.
The college Press of Colorado gratefully recognizes the beneficiant help of the Charles Redd heart for Western experiences at Brigham younger college towards the ebook of this book.
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Epiphany in the Wilderness: Hunting, Nature, and Performance in the Nineteenth-Century American West by Karen R. Jones