This paper traces the linkage between heritage landscape within the context of the election of Donal Trump. Trump's invocations of heritage riled certain regions of the US which had a distinct connection to Regionalism, both as a political idea and as an aesthetic practice. Focusing on Iowa, home to the quintessential American painting, American Gothic, the paper looks at modernity and agriculture, and how the two categories seem to rely on (but also negate) heritage. By examining what a genetically modified landscape might mean in relation to the historical image of the pastoral/provincial farmer, a network of frictions and tensions emerge. These building dichotomies have both emancipatory and hegemonic potentials especially with the enmeshment of all things in global scale capitalism.
Nichols, W. D.
Shifting Rurality American Gothic, Iowa Nice, Biotech and Political Expectations in Rural America.
Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 8(1).
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