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Author Hausdoerffer, John.

Title Catlin's lament : Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the ethics of nature / John Hausdoerffer.

Published Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  759.13 CATL/ HAUS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 184 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-178) and index.
Contents Introduction. Catlin's Ethics and Ideology: The Age of Jackson -- Ch. 1. Catlin's Epiphany -- Ch. 2. Catlin's Gaze -- Ch. 3. Catlin's Lament -- Ch. 4. Catlin's Tragedy: Catlin in Europe -- Conclusion. Catlin's Fetish.
Summary "George Catlin gained renown for his nineteenth-century paintings of Indians and their lands, sympathetic portraits that counrerbalanced those of other Americans eager to conquer and dominate both. In this first book to probe the attitudes that shaped and constrained Catlin's career, John Hausdoerffer argues that, despite his sympathies, Catlin's work embodied the same prevailing sentiment toward Nature that sanctioned Indian removal and thus undercut his own alternate vision for westward expansion." "Hausdoerffer examines key events from Catlin's career to show how his work consistently teeters between resistance and consent to nineteenth-century ideologies of nature. He reviews Catlin's decision to devote his talents to Native American concerns, his journey west to document "vanishing" lifeways, his presentation of his findings to American audiences, and his cultural reenactments of Indian life, the original "Wild West" shows, in Europe. He also shows the importance of Yellowstone National Park in understanding Catlin, given his vision for it as a means of preserving what is essential about environments and cultures." "Exploring the tension between Catlin's search for success and his awareness of the plight of his subjects, Hausdoerffer argues that Catlin's tacit acceptance of the inevitable demise of Native culture undermined his interest in fomenting political change. Catlin's lament for the vanishing Indian combined with his belief that art preserves the essence of nature ultimately contradicted his hopes for Indian justice and environmental preservation."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Catlin, George, 1796-1872 -- Ethics.
Indians of North America -- Public opinion -- History -- 19th century.
Messianism, Political -- United States.
Philosophy of nature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780700616312 (cloth : alk. paper)
0700616314 (cloth : alk. paper)