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The Resource Arctic spectacles : the frozen North in visual culture, 1818-1875, Russell A. Potter

Arctic spectacles : the frozen North in visual culture, 1818-1875, Russell A. Potter

Label
Arctic spectacles : the frozen North in visual culture, 1818-1875
Title
Arctic spectacles
Title remainder
the frozen North in visual culture, 1818-1875
Statement of responsibility
Russell A. Potter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875 illuminates the nineteenth century fascination with visual representations of the Arctic, weaving together a narrative of the major Arctic expeditions with an account of their public reception through art and mass media. In a century that saw every corner of the globe slowly open to the examining eye of Western science, it was the Arctic - remote, mysterious, untamable - that most captured the imagination of artists and the public alike. Its impact could be seen in a range of visual media, from fine art to panoramas, engravings, magic lantern slides, and photographs, as well as hybrid forms of entertainment in which Inuit were "exhibited" alongside a cabinet of assorted Arctic curiosities while Western gentlemen looked on." "In a lively and accessible style, Russell A. Potter traces the story of the long, drawn-out exploration of the Northwest Passage and the beginnings of the push toward the North Pole, each new expedition producing its own artistic response. While early visual representations focused on the natural wonders of a world of magical beauty and purity, later responses would darken, as the public struggled to come to terms with the human toll of Arctic exploration: lives lost, reports of cannibalism, and a sense of purpose gone asunder. Drawing from the illustrated press, panoramas, and dioramas of the era, as well as oft-overlooked ephemera such as handbills and newspaper advertisements, Potter shows how representations of the Arctic in visual culture expressed the fascination, dread, and wonder that the region inspired and continues to inspire today."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Potter, Russell A.
Dewey number
910.911/3
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
G608
LC item number
.P68 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Popular culture
  • Documentary photography
  • Arctic regions
  • Arctic regions
Label
Arctic spectacles : the frozen North in visual culture, 1818-1875, Russell A. Potter
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Samuel & Althea Stroum book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-254) 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
  • Ross's Return and the Panorama of Boothia
  • 3.
  • The Killing Glitter of the Stars: Spectacles of the Search for Franklin
  • The Desolate Sublimity of This Astounding Spectacle: Dickens and the Panoramic Urge
  • That Far-distant and Mysterious Region: The Arctic in Moving Panoramas
  • News, Rumor, and Speculation
  • A Leisure Hour in the Frozen Regions: The Arctic in the Illustrated Press
  • Introduction: Visuality and the Arctic Regions
  • 1.
  • A Foretaste of Those Icy Climes: Britain's Arctic Circles
  • Producing a Perfect Map of the Ice: Henry Aston Barker's Panorama of 1820
  • Munchausen on Ice: The Mythic Mis-taking of John Ross
  • 2.
  • The Awful Aspect of the Scene: Arctic Panoramas and the Northern Sublime
  • The Sea of Ice
Control code
72354355
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
ix, 258 pages
Isbn
9780295986791
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006033319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)72354355
Label
Arctic spectacles : the frozen North in visual culture, 1818-1875, Russell A. Potter
Publication
Note
"A Samuel & Althea Stroum book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-254) 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
  • Ross's Return and the Panorama of Boothia
  • 3.
  • The Killing Glitter of the Stars: Spectacles of the Search for Franklin
  • The Desolate Sublimity of This Astounding Spectacle: Dickens and the Panoramic Urge
  • That Far-distant and Mysterious Region: The Arctic in Moving Panoramas
  • News, Rumor, and Speculation
  • A Leisure Hour in the Frozen Regions: The Arctic in the Illustrated Press
  • Introduction: Visuality and the Arctic Regions
  • 1.
  • A Foretaste of Those Icy Climes: Britain's Arctic Circles
  • Producing a Perfect Map of the Ice: Henry Aston Barker's Panorama of 1820
  • Munchausen on Ice: The Mythic Mis-taking of John Ross
  • 2.
  • The Awful Aspect of the Scene: Arctic Panoramas and the Northern Sublime
  • The Sea of Ice
Control code
72354355
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
ix, 258 pages
Isbn
9780295986791
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006033319
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)72354355

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