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ERIC Number: ED106853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 17
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From Typology to Topography in Clarence King's "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada."
Hoekzema, Loren
The book "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada" by Clarence King, a late-ninteenth-century American geologist, writer, art critic, and romantic, is discussed in this paper. In the writing and revision of this book, King was attempting a metamorphosis of landscape description into popular reading as he moved from being a symbolic writer to being a writer of surfaces, a literary topographer. In this paper, certain themes on the subject of mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada mountains are described and examined, quoting several passages from the book. It is concluded that in the later 1874 edition of the book originally serialized in 1871, which includes a 21-page preface concerned with Mount Whitney, King's literary achievement is shaken, and his power to fuse literary and geological observation is diminished. In the later edition, King no longer looks at the land as filled with vibrant significance but only as a neutral pile of rocks. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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