The Colossus of Roads: Myth and Symbol along the American Highway
By (author) Karal Ann Marling
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Colossus of Roads: Myth and Symbol along the American Highway by Karal Ann Marling
Book DescriptionWhere can one find the world's largest prairie chicken, a restaurant shaped like a fish, a massive Paul Bunyan, or an enormous ear of corn? Roadside sculpture is a uniquely American phenomenon and these strange and wonderful figures can be found scattered along highways and standing in small-town squares, particularly in the Midwest.These odd and oversized attractions have become destinations for travelers. Whether it serves art, commerce, or local pride, the colossus is always a place in itself, a stopping place where the everyday rules of reality are suspended and the observer can gain insight into the way these communities imagine themselves.Karal Ann Marling visits dozens of these roadside attractions, viewing them analytically, intellectually, and enthusiastically, tracing each one through folklore and literature. Heavily illustrated, this book takes the reader on the road to examine these treasures and all that they represent.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816636723
(226mm x 149mm x 8mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Old Glory, Hardback (June 2004)
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Merry Christmas!, Paperback (November 2001)
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As Seen on TV, Paperback (March 1996)» View all books by Karal Ann Marling
This work looks at the 1950s, a decade when how things looked was what mattered. It argues that the world had become a setpiece for television, and that people were looking at it through a gaze newly trained by television. The book is a study of style, material culture and art history.
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