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Erie Railway Tourist, 1854-1886

Transporting Visual Culture

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Erie Railway Tourist, 1854-1886 by Herbert Gottfried
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This book explores how the Erie Railway, in developing a series of sophisticated travel guides, made significant contributions to nineteenth-century visual culture and shaped the social life of Americans. The Erie Railway emerged during a time in which a societal response to the production of landscape paintings and prints led to a concurrent development of tourism. The era promoted a visual culture that encouraged scenic thinking in which closely viewed scenes and deep prospects became the basis for engaging physical landscapes and their representations. Revealing how visual culture apprehends aspects of reality that texts only partially grasp, the Erie guides became an important part of the commentary on the role of landscape in nineteenth-century American life. Their images and texts are worth our attention as annotations on the production of culture.

Author Biography

Herbert Gottfried is professor emeritus at Cornell University.
Release date NZ
October 17th, 2018
Country of Publication
United States
10 Illustrations, color; 30 Illustrations, black and white
Lehigh University Press
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