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The Resource Ersatz America : hidden traces, graphic texts, and the mending of democracy, Rebecca Mark

Ersatz America : hidden traces, graphic texts, and the mending of democracy, Rebecca Mark

Label
Ersatz America : hidden traces, graphic texts, and the mending of democracy
Title
Ersatz America
Title remainder
hidden traces, graphic texts, and the mending of democracy
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Mark
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the popular legend of Pocahontas to the Civil War soap opera Gone with the Wind to countless sculpted heads of George Washington that adorn homes and museums, whole industries have emerged to feed America{u2019}s addiction to imaginary histories that cover up the often violent acts of building a homogeneous nation. In Ersatz America, Rebecca Mark shows how this four-hundred-year-old obsession with false history has wounded democracy by creating language that is severed from material reality. Without the mediating touchstones of body and nature, creative representations of our history have been allowed to spin into dangerous abstraction. Other scholars have addressed the artificial qualities of the collective American memory, but what distinguishes Ersatz America is that it does more than simply deconstruct--it provides a map for regeneration. Mark contends that throughout American history, citizen artists have responded to the deadly memorialization of the past with artistic expressions and visual artifacts that exist outside the realm of official language, creating a counter narrative. These examples of what she calls visceral graphism are embodied in and connected to the human experience of indigenous peoples, enslaved Africans, and silenced women, giving form to the unspeakable. We must learn, Mark suggests, to read the markings of these works against the iconic national myths. In doing so, we can shift from being mesmerized by the monumentalism of this national mirage to embracing the regeneration and recovery of our human history. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mark, Rebecca
Dewey number
810.9/358
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.H5
LC item number
M37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and history
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Popular culture
  • Democracy in literature
  • Literature and history
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Popular culture
  • Democracy in literature
  • United States
  • Democracy in literature
  • Literature and history
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Popular culture
  • Social history
  • United States
Label
Ersatz America : hidden traces, graphic texts, and the mending of democracy, Rebecca Mark
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Citizen artist in a crumbling nation -- A riddle to unfold -- Pocahontas fever -- George Washington's head -- Blood marked every step -- In the solitude of my spirit -- Epilogue: A view of the woods from the glass house
Control code
868981473
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780813936253
Lccn
2013047222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)868981473
Label
Ersatz America : hidden traces, graphic texts, and the mending of democracy, Rebecca Mark
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Citizen artist in a crumbling nation -- A riddle to unfold -- Pocahontas fever -- George Washington's head -- Blood marked every step -- In the solitude of my spirit -- Epilogue: A view of the woods from the glass house
Control code
868981473
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780813936253
Lccn
2013047222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)868981473

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