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Manufacturing National Park Nature

This book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of environmental studies, Canadian studies, art history, and visual culture.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: "that fatal breath of `improvement'" / Graeme Wynn 1 Grounding National Park Nature 2 "Jasper Wonderful by Nature": The Wilderness Industry of Jasper National Park 3 An Invitation to Leisure: Picturing Canada's Wilderness Playground 4 "The Bears Are Plentiful and Frequently Good Camera Subjects": Photographing Wildlife in Jasper National Park 5 Fake Nature Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Drawing on postcards and holiday snapshots of the Canadian Rockies, this book reveals how popular forms of picturing nature can have ecological implications that extend far beyond the frame of the image.

About the Author

J. Keri Cronin is an assistant professor in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University. She is also a faculty affiliate in Brock's Social Justice and Equity Studies graduate program and the editor of The Brock Review.


This book is specifically about Jasper National Park, yet its theoretical discussions, analyses, and conclusions can be applied broadly to visual representations in any managed, "wild" area...this text is a valuable contribution to the growing field of visual-culture-based ecological criticism. -- Gaby Zezulka-Maillqux, Abu Dhabi University * The Goose, Issue 10, 2012 * The book is brief, and lavishly makes a real contribution to the literature by analyzing the cultural and physical impacts of tourism in an iconic environment...the author has deftly woven together a convoluted web of images and ideologies, uniquely focused on one location. This work will appeal to readers interested in parks, tourism and leisure, in cultural concepts of landscape, and in the management of wilderness areas... while it engages deeply with theoretical issues, Manufacturing National Park Nature is highly comprehensible, and appropriate for any intelligent, interested reader. -- Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick * Electronic Green Journal, Issue 34, Winter 2012 * Manufacturing National Park Nature is highly recommended to scholars and students of environmental studies and history, recreation and tourism, as well as those of media and marketing. It is an accessible way of challenging taken-for-granted conceptions of both wilderness landscapes and photography. -- Philip M. Mullins, University of Northern British Columbia * International Journal of Wilderness, Vol 18, No 1 *

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