Mapping American Culture
Wayne Franklin, Michael C. Steiner
University of Iowa Press, 1992 - History - 310 pages
What connections can be drawn between oral history and the shopping mall? Gospel music and the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant? William Carlos Williams's "Patterson" and the Manhattan Project's secret cities? The answers lie in this insightful collection of essays that read and illuminate the American landscape. Through literature and folklore, music and oral history, autobiography, architecture, and photography, eleven leading writers and thinkers explore the dialectic between space and place in modern American life. The result is an eloquent and provocative reminder of the environmental context of events--the deceptively simple fact that events "take "place.""
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