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Title:The Visual Voice: "Armchair Tourism," Cultural Authority, and the Depiction of the United States in Early Twentieth-Century Stereographs
Author(s):Batzli, Samuel A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Jakle, John A.
Department / Program:Geography
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):American Studies
Abstract:My research draws upon the academic literature of visual culture and cultural geography. In analyzing the meanings, functions, and modes of communication of the stereograph sets, I take a symbolic interactionist perspective and use interpretative interactionist methods. By comparing and contrasting the two sets, I show how visual stereotyping facilitated a powerful mode of communication. I argue that the heightened realism of stereoscopic photography in combination with the authority of verbal descriptions and maps created a powerful, complex, and dynamic iconography. I show how the stereograph sets aided in the construction of social realities through the depiction of cultural geography and landscape. The results carry implications for collective memory, visual stereotyping, and the "sight-bite" culture of today's mass media and popular culture.
Issue Date:1997
Description:212 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812528
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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