Sharing Visual Arts Images for EducationalUse: Finding a New Angle of Repose

January 13, 2008

The “angle of repose,” as readers of Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of the same title may recall, is a geological or engineering term that describes the steepest angle at which a mass of loose, granular particles (such as a dune of sand) will remain stable and at rest. Stegner placed the characters of his work in the midst of U.S. western expansion—a period that, in juxtaposition with the novel’s title, was marked by sweeping change.

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