So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture

So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture

by Chris J. Magoc
     
 

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So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture surveys the vast and interdisciplinary subject of American natural and environmental studies. It examines the literary landscape that has inspired a local, regional, and national sense of place; explores the dynamic meaning and significance of nature across time, place, culture,See more details below

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So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture surveys the vast and interdisciplinary subject of American natural and environmental studies. It examines the literary landscape that has inspired a local, regional, and national sense of place; explores the dynamic meaning and significance of nature across time, place, culture, and gender; and looks at the essence and history of environmental change.

The first all-encompassing introductory survey of environ-mental history and cultural studies, this volume provides students and scholars with carefully chosen selections from major essayists, naturalists, preachers, geographers,novelists, scientists, and historians whose works have shaped the fields of literary ecology and environmental history. The essays trace the changing American landscape and ideas about nature from the seventeenth century to the present.

By analyzing a range of material, So Glorious a Landscape provides a fresh perspective on what nature is in American life, what forces have shaped its profound place and changing definition, and what the work of environmental historians tells about the relationship of nature, culture, and power in America. So Glorious a Landscape is an excellent resource for courses in American studies, environmental history, and American culture.

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Editorial Reviews

David Glassberg
"This is a powerhouse of an anthology, only 300 pages but jam-packed with period documents that illustrate important facets of Americans' changing relationship with nature over the past four centuries, from the creation stories of native peoples to the modern environmental justice movement."
Department of History University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Keith Edgerton
"As our national conversation centers increasingly on the use and abuse of the natural environment, it becomes crucial that environmental history provide the ballast for these debates. So Glorious a Landscape combines a vast array of pungent cultural commentary with keen historical insight. The voices Professor Magoc has arranged here are the wellspring of American environmentalism. There is something in this volume for everyone concerned about the relationship Americans have had with their natural world."
151;Department of History and Environmental Studies Program Montana State University-Billings
Booknews
This anthology of American environmentalism is distinct for its point of departure: it begins with nine offerings on Native American ecology and the American conquest written by Indians and non-Indians alike. The Acoma Pueblo creation myth, for example, states that the world begins with two females born underground. Part two features pieces by nature writers Thoreau, Muir, John Burroughs, Annie Dillard, and Mary Austin. Next come sundry writings from Aldo Leopold, George Perkins Marsh, Ellen Swallow Richards, and William Bartram, the latter writing about animals and doubting that instinct is inferior to reason. Five readings about the destruction and preservation of place and seven regarding responses to the "environmental era" complete this unique reader. Suggested readings for each section are also included. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461666271
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Series:
American Visions: Readings in American Culture
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
301
File size:
6 MB

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