The Fall into Eden: Landscape and Imagination in California

The Fall into Eden: Landscape and Imagination in California

by David Wyatt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521397510

ISBN-13: 9780521397513

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, David Wyatt examines the mythology of California as it is reflected in the literature of the region. He argues that the encounter with landscape played an important role in literature of the West, and distinguishes this particular characteristic from the literatures of other American regions. Wyatt discusses in depth the writings of Dana, Leonard,

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In this book, David Wyatt examines the mythology of California as it is reflected in the literature of the region. He argues that the encounter with landscape played an important role in literature of the West, and distinguishes this particular characteristic from the literatures of other American regions. Wyatt discusses in depth the writings of Dana, Leonard, Fremont, Muir, King, Austin, Norris, Steinbeck, and Chandler, Jeffers and Snyder and their literary reactions to the landscape. By examining the changing role of the landscape in literature of California, the book sheds new light on an important theme in the American creative popular consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521397513
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #11
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Prologue: the mythology of the region; 1. Spectatorship and abandonment: Dana, Leonard, and Frémont; 2. Muir and the possession of landscape; 3. King and catastrophe; 4. Mary Austin: nature and nurturance; 5. Norris and the vertical; 6. Steinbeck's lost gardens; 7. Chandler, marriage, and 'the Great Wrong Place'; 8. Jeffers, Snyder, and the ended world; Epilogue: fictions of space; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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