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Author Shepard, Paul, 1925-1996.

Title Where we belong : beyond abstraction in perceiving nature / Paul Shepard ; edited by Florence Rose Shepard.

Published Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  304.2 SHEP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxiii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Landscape -- Paintings of the New England Landscape: A Scientist Looks at Their Geomorphology 3 -- Cross Valley Syndrome 20 -- Ugly Is Better 31 -- Five Green Thoughts 37 -- Place -- Place in American Culture 57 -- Place and Human Development 77 -- Perceptions of the Landscape by Pioneers -- An Ecstasy of Admiration: The Romance of the High Plains and Oregon Trail in the Eyes of Travelers before 1850 89 -- Nature of Tourism 155 -- They Painted What They Saw 164 -- Dead Cities in the American West 173 -- English Reaction to the New Zealand Landscape before 1850 183 -- Gardens Revisited -- Garden as Objets Trouves 203 -- Phyto-resonance of the True Self 208 -- Virtually Hunting Reality in the Forests of Simulacra 214.
Summary Gathered here in book form for the first time, the fourteen essays in Where We Belong exemplify Paul Shepard's interdisciplinary approach to human interaction with the natural world. Drawn from Shepard's entire career and presented chronologically, these pieces vary in setting from the Hudson River to the American prairie to New Zealand. Equally impressive is Shepard's spatial range, as he moves from subtle differences to grand designs, from the intimacy of an artist's brush stroke to a vista of the harsh Greek terrain. Alluding to a range of sources from Star Trek to Marshall McLuhan to the Bible, the writings discuss such topics as the geomorphology of New England landscape paintings, beautification and conservation projects, the Oregon Trail, and tourism. Whether Shepard is pondering why the Great Plains conjured up sea imagery in early observers, or how pioneers often resorted to architectural terms -- temple, castle, bridge, tower -- when naming the West's natural formations, he exposes, and thus invites us to unshoulder, the cultural and historical baggage we bring to the act of seeing. Throughout the book, Shepard seeks the antecedents of environmental perception and questions whether the paradigm we inherited should be superseded by one that leads us to a greater concern for the health of the planet. This volume is an important addition to Shepard's canon if only for the new view it offers of his intellectual development. More important, however, these selections demonstrate Shepard's grasp of a wide range of ideas related to the physical environment, including the various factors -- historical, aesthetic, and psychological -- that have shaped our attitudes toward the natural world and color the way we see it.
Other author Shepard, Florence R.
Subject Human ecology -- Philosophy.
Nature (Aesthetics)
Landscape assessment.
Human-animal relationships.
ISBN 0820324205 (hardcover : alk. paper)