Remodeling the nation :the architecture of American identity, 1776-1858 /Duncan Faherty.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-259794

Description

xi, 246 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., "In this interdisciplinary study, Duncan Faherty argues that throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Americans conceptualized their still unsettled political and social states through metaphors of home building. During this period, a pervasive concern with the design and furnishing of houses helped writers to manage previous encounters with settlements, both native and European, and to imagine and remodel a new national ideal. By aligning the period's architectural concerns (registered in both the interior and exterior of houses) with concurrent debates about the need to create a national identity in the wake of the American Revolution, Faherty demonstrates how representations of the house were a crucial locus for debating broadly shared concerns about the anxieties of nation building." "Richly informed by contemporary literary studies, history, art history, and cultural criticism, Remodeling the Nation ranges incisively across the work of political theorists, social critics, novelists, poets, natural historians, landscape artists, travel writers, and authors of architectural and domestic treatises."--BOOK JACKET.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Architecture, Domestic Social aspects
Architecture and society History 18th century.
Architecture and society History 19th century.
Symbolism in architecture
National characteristics, American.
Kulturelle Identität.
Nationalcharakter.
Haus.
Architektur.

Originator

Faherty, Duncan.

Contents

"When buildings are of durable materials" : the American home and the structural legacies of history -- "No longer assigned its ancient use" : biloquial architecture and the problems of remodeling -- "Home bred virtues and local attachments" : New York and the evolution of the American home -- "The wants of posterity" : community construction and the composing order of American architecture -- "In the midst of an uncertain future" : remodeling the legacies of American domesticity.

Publication

Durham, N.H. : University of New Hampshire Press ;
Hanover : University Press of New England

Publisher Series

Becoming modern
Becoming modern.

Description

xi, 246 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
"In this interdisciplinary study, Duncan Faherty argues that throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Americans conceptualized their still unsettled political and social states through metaphors of home building. During this period, a pervasive concern with the design and furnishing of houses helped writers to manage previous encounters with settlements, both native and European, and to imagine and remodel a new national ideal. By aligning the period's architectural concerns (registered in both the interior and exterior of houses) with concurrent debates about the need to create a national identity in the wake of the American Revolution, Faherty demonstrates how representations of the house were a crucial locus for debating broadly shared concerns about the anxieties of nation building." "Richly informed by contemporary literary studies, history, art history, and cultural criticism, Remodeling the Nation ranges incisively across the work of political theorists, social critics, novelists, poets, natural historians, landscape artists, travel writers, and authors of architectural and domestic treatises."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-239) and index.
Received February 29, 2008.

ISBN

9781584656555 (cloth : alk. paper)
1584656557 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781584657729 (pbk.)
1584657723 (pbk.)

Call Number

Stacks NA7206.F34 2007

Places

United States.
United States
USA.