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The Resource The shape of Texas : maps as metaphors, Richard V. Francaviglia

The shape of Texas : maps as metaphors, Richard V. Francaviglia

Label
The shape of Texas : maps as metaphors
Title
The shape of Texas
Title remainder
maps as metaphors
Statement of responsibility
Richard V. Francaviglia
Title variation
Maps as metaphors
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Texas-shaped ashtrays, belt buckles, earrings, kitchen utensils--"Texas kitsch"--fill gift shops alongside highways and in airports. The Lone Star State's unmistakable shape is appropriated by advertisers to hawk everything from beans to automobiles inside Texas' borders and beyond. As a billboard-sized neon sign glowing atop a popular honkey-tonk, the Texas map illuminates the Fort Worth night sky, attracting tourists in search of a good time--and a share of the Texas experience. Over the years America's most recognizable state outline has become one of its most potent symbols, a metaphor for Texas popular culture. In the last decade, the private, commercial, and official use of the Texas map as cultural symbol has boomed. Richard V. Francaviglia identifies this current trend as "Tex-map mania," and contends that the Texas map as icon integrates geography with history--and gives shape to a mythic landscape and to abstracted notions of what Texas is and who Texans are. Written in a lively style that engages both the scholar and the general reader in a discussion of the power of symbol and the meaning and significance of a shared aesthetic, The Shape of Texas is at the crossroads of cartography and popular culture. Francaviglia uses more than one hundred illustrations in offering a provocative visual and written account of this important, yet much neglected, aspect of Texas history and the dynamics of a still emerging Texas identity
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
912.764
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F391.2
LC item number
.F73 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The shape of Texas : maps as metaphors, Richard V. Francaviglia
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [111]-113) and index
Contents
Maps and identity -- The shape of Texas -- The creation of an icon -- From map to symbol
Control code
32469044
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 118 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780890966648
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95018635 //r96
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1996. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
Label
The shape of Texas : maps as metaphors, Richard V. Francaviglia
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [111]-113) and index
Contents
Maps and identity -- The shape of Texas -- The creation of an icon -- From map to symbol
Control code
32469044
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 118 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780890966648
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95018635 //r96
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1996. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps

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