1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to the American Landscape

    398 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to the American Landscape provides a comprehensive overview of the American landscape in a way fit for the twenty-first century, not only in its topical and regional scope but also in its methodological and disciplinary diversity.

    Critically surveying the contemporary scholarship on the American landscape, this companion brings together scholars from the social sciences and humanities who focus their work on understanding the polyphonic evolution of the United States’ landscape. It simultaneously assesses the development of the US landscape as well as the scholarly thought that has driven innovation and continued research about that landscape. Four broad sections focus on key areas of scholarship: environmental landscapes, social, cultural, and popular identities in the landscape, political landscapes, and urban/economic landscapes. A special essay, "American Landscapes Under Siege" and accompanying short case studies call attention to the legacies and realities of race in the American landscape, bridging the discussion of social and political landscapes.

    This companion offers an invaluable and up-to-date guide for scholars and graduate students to current thinking across the range of disciplines which converge in the study of place, including Geography, Cultural Studies, and History as well as the interdisciplinary fields of American Studies, Environmental Studies, and Planning.

    Foreword: Reading the Landscape

    Richard H. Schein

    Introduction: Twenty-first Century American Landscapes

    Chris W. Post, Alyson L. Greiner, and Geoffrey L. Buckley

     Part I: Environmental Landscapes: The American Environment

    Geoffrey L. Buckley

      1. Changes Across Rural America: Agricultural Landscapes

    Lisa M. Butler Harrington and Chris R. Laingen

    2Fluid Landscapes

    Craig E. Colten

    3Energy Landscapes

    Brian C. Black


    Martin V. Melosi

    5. Public Landscapes

    Randall K. Wilson and Yolonda Youngs

    6. American Landscapes of Environmental Injustice

    Ryan Holifield

    Part II: Social, Cultural, and Popular Identities in the American Landscape

    Alyson L. Greiner

    7. "This is Not the America I Know": Reading the White Unseen Within the American Landscape

    Aretina R. Hamilton

    8. Gender, Sexuality, and Landscape

    Christina E. Dando

    9. Ethnicity and Transnationalism

    Emily Skop and Stephen Cho Suh

    10. Interpreting the Landscapes of a New Religious America

    Samuel Avery-Quinn

    11The American Cinematic Landscape Inscribed @Work

    Chris Lukinbeal

    12. Music and the American Landscape: Rhythms of Continuity and Change

    David J. Keeling and Thomas L. Bell

    13. Sports and the American Landscape

    John Lauermann

    14. From Post-Scarcity Utopia to Zombie-Infested Hellscape: Continuity and Change in the Landscape of a Future North America

    Fiona Davidson

    Special Essay: Bridging Social and Political Landscapes: American Landscapes Under Siege: A Provocation

    Joshua Inwood and Derek H. Alderman

    Part III: US Political Landscapes

    Chris W. Post

    15. American Imperialism

    Barney Warf

    16. Iconographic Landscapes of US Borders and Immigration Controls

    Kenneth D. Madsen

    17. (De)constructing the Grid: The Public Land Survey System and the Production of Abstract Space in the Early Republic

    Timothy G. Anderson

    18. Landscape and Politics: The 2020 Presidential Election in the United States

    Fred M. Shelley and Heather Hollen

    19. America’s Contemporary Commemorative Landscapes: Themes and Practices in Memorial Mania

    Erika Doss

    20. Place (Re)Naming

    Jordan P. Brasher

    21. The Landscape of Incarceration in the United States

    Matthew L. Mitchelson

    Part IV: Urban and Economic Landscapes in the US

    Chris W. Post

    22. Urban Sustainability

    Lisa Benton-Short and Melissa Keeley

    23. The Ordinary-Extraordinary Automobile Landscape

    Ellen Hostetter

    24. Tourism in the American Landscape

    Velvet Nelson

    25. The Changing Rural Landscape

    Andrew Husa

    26. Rooted in Place—Retail on the American Landscape

    Emily Fekete

    27. Post-Industrial Landscapes

    Mark Alan Rhodes II and Sarah Fayen Scarlett

    28. Labor and the Changing Economic Landscape of the United States

    Andrew Herod

    29. Afterword

    Bill Wyckoff


    Chris W. Post is Professor of Geography at Kent State University at Stark.

    Alyson L. Greiner is Professor and Head of Geography at Oklahoma State University.  

    Geoffrey L. Buckley is Professor of Geography and Interim Associate Dean, Ohio Honors Program, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University.

    "The remarkable volume brings together some of the most thoughtful, insightful scholars of the American landscape in a book that provides a revealing portrait into the vitality and relevance of landscape study. The book is full of thought-provoking insights into the changing American scene. It serves as a powerful reminder of why ‘reading the landscape’ is such a valuable component of efforts to understand the cultural, social, and political world we inhabit."

    Alec Murphy, University of Oregon, USA.