Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J.B. Jackson

Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J.B. Jackson

Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J.B. Jackson

Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J.B. Jackson

Synopsis

A collection of seventeen essays examining the field of American cultural landscapes past and present. The role of J. B. Jackson and his influence on the field is a explored in many of them.

Excerpt

In the 1930s, the maverick writer, philosopher, and publisher John Brinckerhoff Jackson found the subject of cultural landscape analysis in the specialist academic realm of human geography. Until his death in 1996, he devoted much of his life to broadening cultural landscape study into a popular as well as a professional endeavor that is now an ongoing part of a dozen disciplines. This book is a critical review of Jackson's legacy and a survey of the current creative expansion and redefinition of cultural landscape writing in the United States. The authors collected here start with Jackson's example and with their own work address the question “What next?”

These authors are a representative sample of three generations of cultural landscape interpreters: first, people close to Jackson's own generation, a group that includes a number of people still actively writing, teaching, and designing; second, the generation of scholars and designers who often published in Jackson's journal, Landscape, and the students and professors who knew him as a teacher or senior colleague; and a new third . . .

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