How were the imaginations of some of the world’s brightest wordsmiths molded by the rolling landscapes of America? “America’s Literary Landscape” combines words, photos, and interactive multimedia to unveil the answers in Tainan City from April 7, 2017 through Feb. 25, 2018.
From Mark Twain and the Mississippi River (“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”) to Jack London and Alaska (“The Call of the Wild”), John Steinbeck and California (“The Grapes of Wrath”), Washington Irving and Catskill Mountains (“Rip Van Winkle”), and James Fenimore Cooper and 18th-century New York wilderness (“The Last of the Mohicans”), American classics are inseparable from their magnificent natural cradle.
Co-organized by the Tainan-based National Museum of Taiwan Literature and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), “America’s Literary Landscape” will introduce 14 American writers and the landscapes that inspired them through text, photography, film, 360-degrees panorama installations, and VR resources.
AIT Director Kin W. Moy noted that the exhibition was curated to mark the 100th year of London’s passing and to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the US National Parks. Its themes of nature also resonates with Earth Day, which falls on April 22 this year, he added.
“Some of the greatest stories of American literature are the stories of the writers themselves and the places that sparked their imaginations,” he said.
AIT has provided over a dozen films adapted from the works of American writers, which will be shown alongside the “America’s Literary Landscape” exhibition. The Tainan leg at the National Museum of Taiwan Literature is also the first stop of the exhibition, which will travel across the island to promote literary exchanges between Taiwan and the United States.
‘America’s Literary Landscape’
- Date: April 7, 2017 – Feb. 25, 2018
- Venue: National Museum of Taiwan Literature
- Address: No. 1 Zhongzheng Rd., West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan
- Site: www.nmtl.gov.tw
- Co-organizer: www.ait.org.tw