8.0001 Rs: Landscape (2); StorySpace for Windows (2) (4/143)

Sun, 8 May 1994 17:06:37 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0001. Sunday, 8 May 1994.

(1) Date: Fri, 6 May 1994 17:22:07 -0400 (EDT) (79 lines)
From: Andrew Burday <andy@dep.philo.mcgill.ca>
Subject: Re: 7.0638 Qs: History of Parks; Landscapes (1/78)

(2) Date: Sat, 7 May 1994 13:56:05 -0400 (EDT) (25 lines)
From: Joan Michele Zenzen <joanz@wam.umd.edu>
Subject: Re: 7.0638 Qs: History of Parks; Landscapes (1/78)

(3) Date: Fri, 6 May 1994 10:06:41 -0500 (CDT) (10 lines)
From: John Slatin <jslatin@emx.cc.utexas.edu>
Subject: Re: 7.0637 Qs: S/W

(4) Date: 6 May 1994 11:40:05 +0000 (29 lines)
From: "S.A.Rae (Simon Rae)" <S.A.Rae@open.ac.uk>
Subject: Qs: 7.0637 Qs: S/W

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Date: Fri, 6 May 1994 17:22:07 -0400 (EDT)
From: Andrew Burday <andy@dep.philo.mcgill.ca>
Subject: Re: 7.0638 Qs: History of Parks; Landscapes (1/78)

On Thu, 5 May 1994, Elaine Brennan wrote:

> Date: Wed, 4 May 1994 20:15:03 +0300 (EET DST)
> From: Maunu H{yrynen <hayrynen@csc.fi>
> Subject: A double inquiry
> I am also involved with another research project about the landscapes
> - natural or cultural - that have a particular national esteem in
> Finland. I would be interested to hear about any connections between
> the landscape and the nationalist thought that someone might have come
> across in his/her study. These may cover the history of landscape or
> topographic art as well as cartography, tourism or landscape
> conservation/preservation. Especially valuable would be information
> about "hallowed" sites and their historic development (such as that of the
> Hudson River valley in O'Brien's book). Also references to national
> myths about forests or wildernesses would be highly welcome.

I don't have anything to say about nationalism per se, but the following
does relate to exploration, history, tourism, conservation, and national
"myth-making" (at least in one sense of 'myth')... I'm afraid my citations
will be vague. This is an avocation for me, and I don't have the material
memorized (or present in my office).

Over the past fifteen or twenty years, American landscape photography has
seen a reaction against the kind of heroic myth making that is probably
best exemplified in the work of Ansel Adams. Mark Klett and John Pfahl
are two (out of many) photographers who have participated. Since the new
landscape photographers are self-consciously trying to remake their field,
their books and catalogs tend to contain essays, by the photographers or by
others, explaining what they take the issues to be and what they are
trying to do with their work. They tend to have a strong awareness of the
history of their field, and they actively bring that awareness to bear on
their own work. They are interested in how photography was used in the
exploration of the American West; in how it has been used to influence
political decisions, such as the decision to establish Yosemite National
Park; and in how it was used to create an image -- really, a kind of myth
-- of the West as a grand, uninhabited, spiritual place. Their work tends
toward documenting change and the influence of people on the environment.
They try to question the extent to which the land can be understood
independently of the people who live, work, and play there.

If this sounds at all useful to you (and you don't already know about it),
a good place to start would be the issue of _Aperture_ entitled _Beyond
Wilderness_. It came out in the late '80s or early '90s. You might also
want to look at Klett's book _Revealing Territory_. Both of these contain
useful bibliographies in addition to essays and (obviously) photographs.
If you're interested in the relation to the history of the West, look for
the book by the Rephotographic Survey Project, which Klett participated
in. (I'm afraid I don't even remember the title. It would be in both
Klett's book and _Beyond Wilderness_, though.) An important early document
for this movement in landscape photography is the catalog for an exhibit
called (I think) _The New Topographics_. The exhibit was at the
International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in
Rochester, N.Y. That exhibit was not particularly concerned
with the West, its myths and its politics, though.

Again, sorry to be so vague about the citations. If anybody needs better
ones, let me know and I'll look them up. I hope that posting this proves
useful. As I say, it's not what I work on, so I have no sense of how well
known this material is.


Andrew Burday

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Date: Sat, 7 May 1994 13:56:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: Joan Michele Zenzen <joanz@wam.umd.edu>
Subject: Re: 7.0638 Qs: History of Parks; Landscapes (1/78)

In response to the question about works on parks, I am currently writing
my dissertation on how the national parks have been promoted in the
19C-20C in the US. My central argument is that the national parks have
become mythic nationalistic representations of how Americans perceive
themselves in the world, how they want others to see themselves. I use
as evidence advertising imagery--photos, posters, paintings that have
been translated into promotional materials, souvenirs, and architecture
in the parks. I am interested in learning how Finns view their own parks
and if there are parallels with the American experience.

If you are not on email, you may write me at 13703 Modrad Way, #22,
Silver Spring, MD 20904. USA

I hope to hear more about your topic.


Joan M. Zenzen (joanz@wam.umd.edu)
Department of American Studies
University of Maryland

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Date: Fri, 6 May 1994 10:06:41 -0500 (CDT)
From: John Slatin <jslatin@emx.cc.utexas.edu>
Subject: Re: 7.0637 Qs: Disability; E-Luther; Tenure; S/W; Editions (5/93)

Re: query about Windows hypertext software similar to StorySpace: there
should be a Windows version of StorySpace out this fall.

John Slatin

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Date: 6 May 1994 11:40:05 +0000
From: "S.A.Rae (Simon Rae)" <S.A.Rae@open.ac.uk>
Subject: FW: 7.0637 Qs: Disability; E-Luther; Tenure; S/W; Editions (5/93)

> Can someone please help re: good software for designing Hypertexts
> (similar to Storyspace, perhaps) that runs on IBM compatibles (Windows)?
> Any experiences, any suggestions?

a lot of people seem to be hacking around with the WINDOW's HELP system to
provide a basic, text-based, hypertext facility. I'm no expert but I would
assume that is is possible to display graphics/colours etc.

There is a bit of software that provides an authoring system ... it sits on the
top of MicroSoft WORD and lets you edit a 'flat' text into a hyper(help)text
with pointers and links etc:

Doc-To-Help by WexTech Systems, Inc,
310 Madison Avenue,
Suite 905,
New York,
NY 10017
email (possibly): wextech@pipeline.com

As I say - I'm no expert and not a user ... but I've seen it done with this

Simon Rae
The Open University, UK