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Verfasser:Francaviglia, Richard V.   i
Titel:Go east, young man
Titelzusatz:imagining the American West as the Orient
Verf.angabe:Richard V. Francaviglia
Verlagsort:Logan
Verlag:Utah State University Press
Jahr:2011
Umfang:1 Online-Ressource (x, 350 pages)
Fussnoten:Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-342) and index ; Use copy Restrictions unspecified star MiAaHDL
Schrift/Sprache:English
ISBN:978-0-87421-809-1
 0-87421-811-X
 978-1-283-34145-5
 1-283-34145-X
 0-87421-809-8
 978-0-87421-810-7
 978-0-87421-811-4
 0-87421-810-1
Abstract:"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
 "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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DOI:doi:10.2307/j.ctt4cgphg
URL:Kostenfrei: Volltext: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/j.ctt4cgphg
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Datenträger:Online-Ressource
Sprache:eng
Reproduktion:Print version: Francaviglia, Richard V: Go east, young man. - Logan: Utah State University Press, 2011
(Sekundärform):Electronic reproduction
 Electronic reproduction
(Ort):[S.l.]
(Verlag):HathiTrust Digital Library
(E-Jahr):2011
Sach-SW:HISTORY ; United States ; State & Local ; Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
 HISTORY ; United States ; State & Local ; West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
 HISTORY ; Historical Geography
 Civilization
 Civilization ; Asian influences
 East and West
 Orientalism
 Public opinion, American
 Territorial expansion
 Orientalismus
 Orientbild
 Öffentliche Meinung
 Öffentliche Meinung
 Orientbild
 Orientalism ; historia
 Orient
 Asia
 United States
 Weststaaten (USA)
 USA
 West United States
 Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer
 History
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