Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature (Google eBook)

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Sidney I. Dobrin, Sean Morey
SUNY Press - Language Arts & Disciplines - 339 pages
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How do supporters of the environmental movement manipulate and promote images of “nature” to achieve support and sympathy? From the Sierra Club’s use of Ansel Adams’s stark and pristine portraits of the western United States to close-ups of plastic bottles and dead fish floating in Rust Belt waterways, visual depictions of landscapes and the degradation caused by humans have profoundly shaped popular notions of environmentalism and the environment. Despite the rhetorical power of images connected with the environmental movement over the past forty years, scholarship in environmental communication has focused almost exclusively on verbal rather than visual rhetoric. Ecosee offers a deeper and fuller understanding of the communicative strategies and power of the environmental movement by looking closely at the visual rhetorics involved in photographs, paintings, television and filmic images, video games, and other forms of image-based media.
  

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Contents

1 A Rhetorical Look at Ecosee
23
On the Limits of Visualizing the Nonhuman
53
3 Ecology Images and ScriptoVisual Rhetoric
79
Images and ImageText Positioned as Reference
95
Networks as Medium and Trope
113
Part 2 Seeing Animals
127
Seeing the Animal Question in Contemporary Art
129
Olly and Suzi in the Antarctic
153
Politics of Representation in a Reimagined Perú
203
A Century of RePlacing the Great Barrier Reef
223
The Productive Resistance of Photography in Environmental Representation
239
McLuhan Space and the Rise of Civilization
257
14 Seeing the Climate?The Problematic Status of Visual Evidence in Climate Change Campaigning
279
15 Afterword
299
Contributors
311
Index
315

The Aquarium and the Dreamer Fish
169
An Ecological Reading
185

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About the author

Sidney I. Dobrin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida and has written or edited many books, including (with Christopher J. Keller) Writing Environments and (with Christian R. Weisser) Natural Discourse: Toward Ecocomposition, both also published by SUNY Press.

Sean Morey is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida.

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