Doug Beube
Proud Destiny

2003
altered book
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2 in.
Lion Feuchtwanger’s Proud Destiny is a novel about power and progress in the American Revolution. In this altered form, however, there is no one narrative sequence by which to realize the teleology of a nation’s supposedly proud fate. Instead, manifest destiny is stressed as a nationalist “text” that each viewer can read differently across a cut and replowed landscape of meaning. In this way, the bookwork pays homage to the Surrealist tradition of the Exquisite Corpse and to Marion Faller’s more contemporary take, A Resurrection of the Exquisite Corpse (1978). In Faller’s interactive picture book, the pages are trisected, allowing the viewer to create new configurations by flipping sections back and forth.
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