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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415931657

ISBN-13: 9780415931656

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Reinventing Eden traces the Garden of Eden myth from the Mesopotamian regions where agriculture - and the creation myth - first began, through the Greek and Roman empires, the Enlightenment, and the modern capitalist world. With eloquence and insight, Merchant shows how the drive to conquer nature, and to explore and settle the globe, springs from this utopian…  See more details below

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Reinventing Eden traces the Garden of Eden myth from the Mesopotamian regions where agriculture - and the creation myth - first began, through the Greek and Roman empires, the Enlightenment, and the modern capitalist world. With eloquence and insight, Merchant shows how the drive to conquer nature, and to explore and settle the globe, springs from this utopian pastoral impulse. Time and again, human manipulation of the environment is our downfall: Eden is achieved by fencing off pristine beauty in national parks and wildlife preserves, while leaving the majority of the Earth in ruins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415931656
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1A Garden Planet1
Pt. IGenesis of the Recovery Narrative
2The Fall from Eden11
3Recovering the Garden39
4From Wilderness to Civilization65
Pt. IINew World Edens
5Adam as Hero93
6Eve as Nature117
7Colonizing Eden145
8Eden Commodified167
Pt. IIINew Stories
9Earth in Recovery187
10Order out of Chaos205
11Partnership223
Epilogue245
Notes247
Bibliography277
Index293

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