From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a National Pastoral, 1749-1826 / Edition 1

From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a National Pastoral, 1749-1826 / Edition 1

by Thomas Hallock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807854913

ISBN-13: 9780807854914

Pub. Date: 11/24/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Anglo-American writers in the revolutionary era used pastoral images to place themselves as native to the continent, argues Thomas Hallock in From the Fallen Tree. Beginning in the mid-eighteenth century, as territorial expansion got under way in earnest, and ending with the era of Indian dispossession, the author demonstrates how authors explored the idea

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Anglo-American writers in the revolutionary era used pastoral images to place themselves as native to the continent, argues Thomas Hallock in From the Fallen Tree. Beginning in the mid-eighteenth century, as territorial expansion got under way in earnest, and ending with the era of Indian dispossession, the author demonstrates how authors explored the idea of wilderness and political identities in fully populated frontiers.

Hallock provides an alternative to the myth of a vacant wilderness found in later writings. Emphasizing shared cultures and conflict in the border regions, he reconstructs the milieu of Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, William Bartram, and James Fenimore Cooper, as well as lesser-known figures such as Lewis Evans, Jane Colden, Anne Grant, and Elias Boudinot. State papers, treaty documents, maps, and journals provide a rich backdrop against which Hallock reinterprets the origins of a pastoral tradition.

Combining the new western history, ecological criticism, and native American studies, Hallock uncovers the human stories embedded in descriptions of the land. His historicized readings offer an alternative to long-accepted myths about the vanishing backcountry, the march of civilization, and a pristine wilderness. The American pastoral, he argues, grew from the anxiety of independent citizens who became colonizers themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807854914
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
Introduction: Closing the Wilderness, Opening the Frontier1
Pt. IThe Western Text
1The Imagined West: Lewis Evans29
2The Contested West: John Filson's Kentucke56
Pt. IIImprovement
3Textual Boundaries, Discursive Control: Stories of the Land in the Susquehanna Valley77
4Jefferson's Nature and the Trans-Appalachian West: Notes on the State of Virginia96
Pt. IIIProteges
5Collaboration, Incorporation, and Environmental Discourse: Lewis and Clark, Jane Colden121
6On the Bordes of a New World: William Bartram's Travels149
Pt. IVSettlement and Appropriation
7Reversing the Revolution through Nature: Anne Grant, Timothy Dwight177
8Disappearance and Romance: Cooper's The Pioneers196
Coda: Parallel Republics217
Notes227
Bibliography261
Index285

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