Describing Early America: Bartram, Jefferson, Crevecoeur, and the Influence of Natural History / Edition 1

Describing Early America: Bartram, Jefferson, Crevecoeur, and the Influence of Natural History / Edition 1

by Pamela Regis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812216865

ISBN-13: 2900812216867

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Describing Early America is a study of William Bartram's Travels, Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, and J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer that situates them within two important intellectual traditions: the literature of travel and the science of natural history. Pamela Regis contends that the travel genre provided the…  See more details below

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Describing Early America is a study of William Bartram's Travels, Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, and J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer that situates them within two important intellectual traditions: the literature of travel and the science of natural history. Pamela Regis contends that the travel genre provided the narrative framework on which these texts were built, but that natural history offered much more: a way of looking at the world, a way of describing what the authors saw, and an overarching scheme in which to fit what they had seen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900812216867
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
200

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Recovering a Lost Paradigm
Ch. 1Natural History in Context2
Ch. 2Description and Narration in Bartram's Travels40
Ch. 3Jefferson and the Department of Man79
Ch. 4Crevecoeur's "Curious observations of the naturalist"106
Ch. 5The Passing of Natural History and the Literature of Place135
Notes159
Works Cited177
Index185

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