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Marling, Karal Ann

Works: 96 works in 335 publications in 2 languages and 15,616 library holdings
Genres: History  Art  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Classification  Catalogs  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Popular works  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Commentator
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Most widely held works by Karal Ann Marling
Merry Christmas! : celebrating America's greatest holiday by Karal Ann Marling( )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the outsize spectacle that Christmas has become, showing the provenance and significance of each of its essential parts: the decorated trees and holiday lights, the cards and gifts and wrapping papers, the toy villages and store displays and Macy's holiday parade, Bing Crosby and Santa Claus. Includes information on Dayton department stores' Santabear
As seen on TV : the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 1,529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cake in kitchen, the house in the suburbs, Mamie in her mink stole, Elvis in his pink Cadillac. It was America in the 1950s, and the world was not so much a stage as a setpiece for TV, the new national phenomenon. It was a time when how things looked - and how we looked - mattered, a decade of design that comes to vibrant life in As Seen on TV. This book captures a visual culture reflecting and reflected in the powerful new medium of television
The colossus of roads : myth and symbol along the American highway by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation Where can one find the world's largest prairie chicken, a restaurant shaped like a fish, a massive Paul Bunyan, or an enormous ear of corn? Roadside sculpture is a uniquely American phenomenon and these strange and wonderful figures can be found scattered along highways and standing in small-town squares, particularly in the Midwest. These odd and oversized attractions have become destinations for travelers. Whether it serves art, commerce, or local pride, the colossus is always a place in itself, a stopping place where the everyday rules of reality are suspended and the observer can gain insight into the way these communities imagine themselves. Karal Ann Marling visits dozens of these roadside attractions, viewing them analytically, intellectually, and enthusiastically, tracing each one through folklore and literature. Heavily illustrated, this book takes the reader on the road to examine these treasures and all that they represent
Wall-to-wall America : a cultural history of post-office murals in the Great Depression by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iwo Jima : monuments, memories, and the American hero by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

11 editions published between 1965 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: There is a certain resonance in Iwo Jima.This is popular culture at its best, thoroughly enjoyable to read right down to the discussion of the statue's use in political cartoons and the final chapter on the 40th reconciliation reunion with the Japanese.This gripping book has much to say about war symbolism in popular culture, overwrought patriotism and military valor.Karal Ann Marling and John Wetenhall, two specialists on the social history of American art and architecture, examine the extraordinary career of the Rosenthal photograph and the de Weldon monument. They chose well, for as Iwo Jima amply documents, few symbols better illustrate the ambivalent and ever-changing American ideas about war heroism, patriotism and sacrifices...Intriguing.It is one of the virtues of this riveting book, co-written by a university professor and a museum curator, that it embraces rather than evades the multiple ironies, paradoxes and contradictions that cluster around a single snapshot of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising a flag on a newly captured Japanese island near the ragged end of World War II. For, not surprisingly, the story of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima turns out to be the quintessentially American tale, underlining the virtues we prize and those we ignore, the competing lures of reality and illusion, and what happens when ghastly war and genuine heroism come face to face with a ravenous publicity machine and a country's need for simple answers to painfully complex questions of national purpose and personal sacrifice. It is not a pretty picture...[Marling and Wetenhall have] told this cautionary tale with remarkable even-handedness and intelligence. The story they tell is not only fascinating, it points to a chilling moral about the continued necessity to be vigilant when governments prefer symbolism to truth
George Washington slept here : colonial revivals and American culture, 1876-1986 by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

7 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: Combining historical analysis with art history and cultural criticism, Marling has provided a lively new view of a hero turned into an icon.This book, written by an astute professor of American studies and art history at the University of Minnesota, is intriguing because it also concerns the role of that on-again, off-again colonial revival in popular culture from 1876 until the present. Karal Ann Marling's discussion demonstrates her skill at interweaving words and images, books and the bizarre detritus from our commercialization of the past that stand (or perhaps languish) in need of explication...Ms. Marling has salvaged quantities of consequential colonial ephemera. These are the accretions which simultaneously embellish yet enshroud our national myths; and she has sandblasted those hollow shrines while preserving all the rubble and dust for our delectation. The result is a lively exposé whose persuasiveness owes much to the banality, snobbery and ubiquity of the treasures turned up by Ms. Marling...Our overall perception of the complex functions filled by American history in popular culture is exuberantly enhanced in George Washington Slept Here.Karal Ann Marling [has] pulled together a rollicking read. George Washington Slept Here is not a book about beds, historic sites or locales that lay claim to recognition because of our grand father's peregrinations--nothing so straightforward or stodgy. It is instead an erudite delving into the significance of all kinds of trivia created, manufactured, produced--even sung--about America's first president...Marling holds all the cards--she knows her historical context, she has the images and messages at her fingertips, and she has an almost unerring sense of the ridiculous, providing a very witty interpretation of a nostalgia that pervades American life
Designing Disney's theme parks : the architecture of reassurance by Centre canadien d'architecture( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Uniting a roster of authors chosen from wide-ranging disciplines, this study is the first to examine the influence of Disneyland on both our built environment and our architectural imagination. Tracing the relationship of the Disney parks to their historical forebears, it charts Disneyland's evolution from one man's personal dream to a multinational enterprise, a process in which the Disney "magic" has moved ever closer to the real world. Editor Karal Ann Marling, Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota, draws upon her pioneering work in the Disney archives to reconstruct and analyze the intentions and strategies behind the parks. She is joined by Marty Sklar, Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, historian Neil Harris, art historian Erika Doss, geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, critic Greil Marcus, and architect Frank Gehry to provide a unique perspective on one of the great post-war American icons."--Jacket
Tom Benton and his drawings : a biographical essay and a collection of his sketches, studies, and mural cartoons by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between home and heaven : contemporary American landscape photography from the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Collection of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution by National Museum of American Art (U.S.)( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tentoonstellingscatalogus van de gelijknamige foto-expositie met als onderwerp de visie van hedendaagse fotografen/kunstenaars op landschapsfotografie
Norman Rockwell by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) is, without question, the best-loved artist in American history, and yet this is the first book to seriously assess his achievement. It offers penetrating and enlightening readings of many of Rockwell's most popular paintings and promises to be a revelation to both fans and critics alike. In seven chapters, Marling examines the many forces that shaped Rockwell's artistic vision, among them his conception of the calling of the illustrator, his empathy with children, his role in the Colonial Revival of the 1920s and 1930s, his discovery of the narrative power of everyday details, his anxiety over his identity as an artist, and his ambition to create works that would change the world. She uncovers many fresh details about Rockwell, showing, for example, how his friendships with Erik Erikson and Robert Coles in the 1960s influenced his response to the Civil Rights Movement, eliciting paintings such as The Problem We All Live With and New Kids in the Neighborhood that helped to sway public opinion
Designs on the heart : the homemade art of Grandma Moses by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: It is a story that has gone down in the annals of American art history: a New Yorker visiting upstate Hoosick Falls is entranced by four pictures hanging in the window of a drugstore. Investigating further, he learns they are the handiwork of a 78-year-old widow. Thus begins the rise to fame of Grandma Moses-farmwife, painter, and unlikely celebrity. In this book Karal Ann Marling, distinguished observer of American visual culture, looks at Grandma Moses as a cultural phenomenon of the postwar period and explores the meaning of her subject matter-and her astonishing fame. What did the "Greatest Generation" see in her simple renderings of people, young and old, tapping maple trees for syrup, making apple butter, gliding across snowy fields on sleighs? Why did Bob Hope, Irving Berlin, and Harry Truman all love her-and the art czars of New York openly despise her? Through the flood of Moses merchandise-splashed across Christmas cards, dishware, yard goods, and gewgaws of every kind-Marling traces the resonances that these "primitive" images struck in an America awkwardly adjusting to a new era of technology, suburbia, and Cold War tensions. Between the cultural ephemera, folklore, song, and history embedded in Moses' paintings and the potent advertising shorthand for Americana that her images rapidly became, this book reveals the widespread longing for the memories, comforts, and small victories of a mythic, intimate American past tapped by the phenomenon-in art and commerce alike-of Grandma Moses
Graceland : going home with Elvis by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes what Graceland, the home Elvis Presley built in Memphis, tells about the late singer's life and personality
The Arts and the American home, 1890-1930( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of essays, ten experts in turn-of-the-century popular and material culture examine how the struggle between modernity and tradition was reflected in various facets of the household aesthetic. Their findings touch on sub-themes of gender, generation, and class to provide a fascinating commentary on what middle-class Americans were prepared to discard in the name of modernity and what they stubbornly retained for the sake of ideology. Through an examination of material culture and prescriptive literature from this period, the essayists also demonstrate how changes in artistic expression affected the psychological, social, and cultural lives of everyday Americans. This book joins a growing list of titles dedicated to analyzing and interpreting the cultural dimensions of past domestic life. Its essays shed new light on house history by tracking the transformation of a significant element of home life - its expressions of art
Debutante : rites and regalia of American debdom by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Debutante presents a penetrating and entertaining look at American debdom from the colonial era to the present day. Debbing has always been a performance art, created by and for women. In its heyday in the nineteenth century, the debut signified the formal presentation to elite society of a young woman of substance who was eligible for marriage. During the twentieth century, it evolved from the glamour girl galas of the Great Depression to the charity bashes of the 1980s after the "Deb Drought" of the 1960s and 1970s. Karal Ann Marling reviews this colorful history, documenting changes in debdom right up to our own day, when the sisterhood of debs includes African Americans, Latinas, and members of other ethnic groups once carefully excluded: now even economically disadvantaged young women have their coming out, where the emphasis of the event is on community." "In these pages, aspiring debs and curious readers alike will be taken from teas and cotillions to cafe society and discover the rich material culture of debdom, with its flowers and favors, gowns and pearls. They'll also meet famous debs of the 1930s like Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and glamour girl Brenda Duff Frasier; experience black American high society at the debut of Nat King Cole's daughter Cookie; and attend such civic spectacles as Kansas City's Jewel Ball and St. Louis's Veiled Prophet Ball."--Jacket
Norman Rockwell, 1894-1978 : America's most beloved painter by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An extraordinarily prolific artist, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) produced some 4,000 paintings in his lifetime, not including a prodigious quantity of commissioned editorial, commercial, and advertising work. His death in 1978 was regarded the loss of a national icon, an artist who, like no other, celebrated the American Dream. Shunning experimentation and avant-garde techniques in favor of effective composition and relatable subject matter, Rockwell created wholesome, homely paintings with accessible and aspirational appeal. Neat, quaint, and typically jovial, his subjects included classrooms, prom scenes, and Thanksgiving feasts, while his most long-standing projects were covers for The Saturday Evening Post magazine and calendars and covers for the Boys' Life publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Imbued with optimism and patriotism, the work foregrounds classic professions such as doctor and teacher, as much as the conservative stalwarts of military, family, and faith
Edward Hopper by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefly describes Hopper's life and career, shows fourteen of his major paintings, and includes comments on their composition
Ice : great moments in the history of hard, cold water by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cultural historian Karal Ann Marling considers the history of ice, "hard, cold water." What better place to start than with dessert? The pleasure of ice cream on a hot day has been known since the sixteenth century, although it wasn't until a few hundred years later that refrigeration made the treat available to the masses. From this sweet beginning, Marling expands her icy explorations to the realm of fiction - the ice crossing in Uncle Tom's Cabin, the frozen wasteland of Frankenstein, the utopias reached through imagined holes in the polar ice - and to the movies and Broadway, with their treatment of extreme landscapes. The study of ice by a true aficionado yields fascinating insights and may just inspire readers to embrace winter - or to make their way to the nearest ice cream shop."--Jacket
Norman Rockwell : painting America( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and work of painter/illustrator Norman Rockwell. Features interviews with historians, critics, family, friends, and admirers
7 American women : the depression decade : Rosalind Bengelsdorf, Lucienne Bloch, Minna Citron, Marion Greenwood, Doris Lee, Elizabeth Olds, Concetta Scaravaglione : an exhibition ... Vassar College Art Gallery, January 19 through March 5, 1976 ... sponsored by the A.I.R. Gallery ... : guest curators, Karal Ann Marling, Helen A. Harrison by Vassar College( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catalog of an exhibition that deals with the careers of a group of important American artists, each of whom enjoyed critical success during the 1930's. Collectively, their works encompass the varied spectrum of artistic styles, media, and iconogrpahy popular in the Depression years, and so serve to emphasize the rich flowering of American culture whihc a period of economic upheaval nurtured against crushing odds
Blue ribbon : a social and pictorial history of the Minnesota State Fair by Karal Ann Marling( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In twenty thematic chapters, the author traces the history of the great Minnesota State Fair from its beginnings in the 1850s to its place in the 1980s among the top five major North American fairs. Features more than 300 black-and-white illustrations -- historic photographs showing long-gone amusements as well as early versions of fair scenes that know no era, and contemporary photographs that capture the fair's varied moods and scenes
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Merry Christmas! : celebrating America's greatest holiday
Alternative Names

Marling, Karal A.

マーリング, カラル・アン

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As seen on TV : the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950sThe colossus of roads : myth and symbol along the American highwayWall-to-wall America : a cultural history of post-office murals in the Great DepressionGeorge Washington slept here : colonial revivals and American culture, 1876-1986Designing Disney's theme parks : the architecture of reassuranceNorman RockwellDesigns on the heart : the homemade art of Grandma MosesGraceland : going home with Elvis