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The Resource The perfect fence : untangling the meanings of barbed wire, Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott ; foreword by Sterling Evans

The perfect fence : untangling the meanings of barbed wire, Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott ; foreword by Sterling Evans

Label
The perfect fence : untangling the meanings of barbed wire
Title
The perfect fence
Title remainder
untangling the meanings of barbed wire
Statement of responsibility
Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott ; foreword by Sterling Evans
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In The Perfect Fence, Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott explore the multiple uses and meanings of barbed wire, a technological innovation that contributes to America's shift from a pastoral ideal to an industrial one. They survey the vigorous public debate over the benign or "infernal" fence, investigate legislative attempts to ban or regulate wire fences as a result of public outcry, and demonstrate how the industry responded to ameliorate the image of its barbed product. Because of the rich metaphorical possibilities suggested by a fence that controls through pain, barbed wire developed into an important motif in works of literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Early advertisements proclaimed that barbed wire was "the perfect fence," keeping "the ins from being outs, and the outs from being ins." Bennett and Abbott conclude that while barbed wire is not the perfect fence touted by manufacturers, it is indeed a meaningful thing that continues to influence American identities.--INSIDE FLAP
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TXA/DLC
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Bennett, Lyn Ellen
Dewey number
978/.02
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Abbott, Scott H.
Series statement
Connecting the greater west
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wire fencing
  • Barbed wire
  • Metaphor in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Barbed wire
  • Manners and customs
  • Metaphor in literature
  • Wire fencing
  • West (U.S.)
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States
  • United States, West
Label
The perfect fence : untangling the meanings of barbed wire, Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott ; foreword by Sterling Evans
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Constructing the meaning of barbed wire in late nineteenth-century America -- "Infernal machines": debating the meaning of barbed wire fences in the media -- "Secure and safe alike": legislative challenges and inventive responses -- "The perfect fence": selling barbed wire -- The barbed wire motif in literature -- "Don't fence me in": barbed wire in the western -- "Intimate fences": barbed wire in the New West -- "The thorny fence": reifying the religious metaphor -- "I helped him build his own fences": cutting the wire, cutting the lies
Control code
1905879
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 269 pages
Isbn
9781623495824
Lccn
2017013967
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781623495824
  • (OCoLC)981761570
Label
The perfect fence : untangling the meanings of barbed wire, Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott ; foreword by Sterling Evans
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Constructing the meaning of barbed wire in late nineteenth-century America -- "Infernal machines": debating the meaning of barbed wire fences in the media -- "Secure and safe alike": legislative challenges and inventive responses -- "The perfect fence": selling barbed wire -- The barbed wire motif in literature -- "Don't fence me in": barbed wire in the western -- "Intimate fences": barbed wire in the New West -- "The thorny fence": reifying the religious metaphor -- "I helped him build his own fences": cutting the wire, cutting the lies
Control code
1905879
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 269 pages
Isbn
9781623495824
Lccn
2017013967
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781623495824
  • (OCoLC)981761570

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