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

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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
Statement of responsibility
Richard V. Francaviglia
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Subject
Language
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
Dewey number
978
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • West (U.S.)
  • Orientalism
  • United States
  • Asia
  • United States
  • East and West
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Go east, young man : imagining the American West as the Orient, Richard V. Francaviglia
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-342) and index
Color
multicolored
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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ocn764691768
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1 online resource (x, 350 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781283341455
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illustrations (some color), maps
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not applicable
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remote
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(OCoLC)764691768
Label
Go east, young man : imagining the American West as the Orient, Richard V. Francaviglia
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-342) and index
Color
multicolored
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
Control code
ocn764691768
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 350 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283341455
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)764691768

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