Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Joseph A. Conforti
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807849375

ISBN-13: 9780807849378

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Say "New England" and you likely conjure up an image in the mind of your listener: the snowy woods or stone wall of a Robert Frost poem, perhaps, or that quintessential icon of the region—the idyllic white village. Such images remind us that, as Joseph Conforti notes, a region is not just a territory on the ground. It is also a place in the imagination.

Overview

Say "New England" and you likely conjure up an image in the mind of your listener: the snowy woods or stone wall of a Robert Frost poem, perhaps, or that quintessential icon of the region—the idyllic white village. Such images remind us that, as Joseph Conforti notes, a region is not just a territory on the ground. It is also a place in the imagination.

This ambitious work investigates New England as a cultural invention, tracing the region's changing identity across more than three centuries. Incorporating insights from history, literature, art, material culture, and geography, it shows how succeeding generations of New Englanders created and broadcast a powerful collective identity for their region through narratives about its past. Whether these stories were told in the writings of Frost or Harriet Beecher Stowe, enacted in historical pageants or at colonial revival museums, or conveyed in the pages of a geography textbook or Yankee magazine, New Englanders used them to sustain their identity, revising them as needed to respond to the shifting regional landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849378
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Region and the Imagination
Chapter 1. The Founding Generation and the Creation of a New England
Chapter 2. From the Americanization to the Re-Anglicization of Regional Identity, 1660-1760
Chapter 3. Regionalism and Nationalism in the Early Republic: The American Geographies of Jedidiah Morse
Chapter 4. Greater New England: Antebellum Regional Identity and the Yankee North
Chapter 5. Old New England: Nostalgia, Reaction, and Reform in the Colonial Revival, 1870-1910
Chapter 6. The North Country and Regional Identity: From Robert Frost to the Rise of Yankee Magazine, 1914-1940
Epilogue: Toward Post-Yankee New England
Notes
Index

Author Biography: Joseph A. Conforti is professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. His previous books include Jonathan Edwards, Religious Tradition, and American Culture.

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