The Resource Go east, young man : imagining the American West as the Orient, Richard V. Francaviglia, (electronic resource)

Go east, young man : imagining the American West as the Orient, Richard V. Francaviglia, (electronic resource)

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Go east, young man : imagining the American West as the Orient
Title
Go east, young man
Title remainder
imagining the American West as the Orient
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Richard V. Francaviglia
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eng
Summary
"Transference of orientalist images and identities to the American landscape and its inhabitants, especially in the West-in other words, portrayal of the West as the 'Orient'--has been a common aspect of American cultural history. Place names, such as the Jordan River or Pyramid Lake, offer notable examples, but the imagery and its varied meanings are more widespread and significant. Understanding that range and significance, especially to the western part of the continent, means coming to terms with the complicated, nuanced ideas of the Orient and of the North American continent that European Americans brought to the West. Such complexity is what historical geographer Richard Francaviglia unravels in this book. Since the publication of Edward Said's book, Orientalism, the term has come to signify something one-dimensionally negative. In essence, the orientalist vision was an ethnocentric characterization of the peoples of Asia (and Africa and the 'Near East') as exotic, primitive 'others' subject to conquest by the nations of Europe. That now well-established point, which expresses a postcolonial perspective, is critical, but Francaviglia suggest that it overlooks much variation and complexity in the views of historical actors and writers, many of whom thought of western places in terms of an idealized and romanticized Orient. It likewise neglects positive images and interpretations to focus on those of a decadent and ostensibly inferior East. We cannot understand well or fully what the pervasive orientalism found in western cultural history meant, says Francaviglia, if we focus only on its role as an intellectual engine for European imperialism. It did play that role as well in the American West. One only need think about characterizations of American Indians as Bedouins of the Plains destined for displacement by a settled frontier. Other roles for orientalism, though, from romantic to commercial ones, were also widely in play. In Go East, Young Man, Francaviglia explores a broad range of orientalist images deployed in the context of European settlement of the American West, and he unfolds their multiple significances"--Provided by publisher
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Francaviglia, Richard V
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F591
LC item number
.F76 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
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  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
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  • West (U.S.)
  • United States
  • Asia
  • United States
  • Asia
  • United States
  • United States, West
  • Orientalism
  • East and West
  • Asia
  • United States
  • United States
  • West (U.S.)
  • History
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Civilization
  • Civilization
  • East and West
  • Orientalism
  • Public opinion, American
  • Territorial expansion
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Go east, young man : imagining the American West as the Orient, Richard V. Francaviglia, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the malleable landscape -- The frontier West as the Orient (ca. 1810/1920) -- The American Zahara : into and beyond the Great Western Plains -- In praise of pyramids : orientalizing the western interior -- Chosen people, chosen land : Utah as the Holy Land -- Finding new Eden : the American Southwest -- The Far East in the Far West : Chinese and Japanese California -- Syria on the Pacific : California as the Near/Middle East -- To ancient East by ocean united : the Pacific Northwest as Asia -- The modern West as the Orient (ca. 1920-2010) -- Lands of enchantment : the modern West as the Near/Middle East -- Another place and another time : the modern West as the Far East/Asia -- Conclusion full circle : imagining the Orient as the American West
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 350 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780874218114
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9786613341457
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 334145
  • 22573/ctt47p749
System control number
  • (OCoLC)764691768
  • (OCoLC)ocn764691768
Label
Go east, young man : imagining the American West as the Orient, Richard V. Francaviglia, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the malleable landscape -- The frontier West as the Orient (ca. 1810/1920) -- The American Zahara : into and beyond the Great Western Plains -- In praise of pyramids : orientalizing the western interior -- Chosen people, chosen land : Utah as the Holy Land -- Finding new Eden : the American Southwest -- The Far East in the Far West : Chinese and Japanese California -- Syria on the Pacific : California as the Near/Middle East -- To ancient East by ocean united : the Pacific Northwest as Asia -- The modern West as the Orient (ca. 1920-2010) -- Lands of enchantment : the modern West as the Near/Middle East -- Another place and another time : the modern West as the Far East/Asia -- Conclusion full circle : imagining the Orient as the American West
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 350 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780874218114
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9786613341457
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 334145
  • 22573/ctt47p749
System control number
  • (OCoLC)764691768
  • (OCoLC)ocn764691768

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