Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture / Edition 1

Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture / Edition 1

by Carolyn Merchant
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415931649

ISBN-13: 9780415931649

Pub. Date: 02/01/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western culture from Columbus' voyages to today's tropical island retreats. Few narratives are so powerful - and, as Carolyn Merchant shows, so misguided and destructive - as the dream of recapturing a lost paradise. A sweeping account of these quixotic endeavors by one of America's leading

Overview

Visionary quests to return to the Garden of Eden have shaped Western culture from Columbus' voyages to today's tropical island retreats. Few narratives are so powerful - and, as Carolyn Merchant shows, so misguided and destructive - as the dream of recapturing a lost paradise. A sweeping account of these quixotic endeavors by one of America's leading environmentalists, Reinventing Eden traces the idea of rebuilding the primeval garden from its origins to its latest incarnations in shopping malls, theme parks and gated communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415931649
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1.A Garden Planet1
Part I.Genesis of the Recovery Narrative
2.The Fall from Eden11
3.Recovering the Garden39
4.From Wilderness to Civilization65
Part II.New World Edens
5.Adam As Hero93
6.Eve As Nature117
7.Colonizing Eden145
8.Eden Commodified167
Part III.New Stories
9.Earth in Recovery187
10.Order out of Chaos205
11.Partnership223
Epilogue245
Notes247
Bibliography277
Index293

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