The Countryside Ideal: Anglo-American Images of Landscape

Overview

'God made the country, man made the town.'
William Cowper's words, written two centuries ago, underline an idealisation of rural life and landscape which persists to this day.
What are the main historical processes and ideas underlying the continuing attachment to the countryside? How have these shaped popular values and lifestyles influenced artistic expression, defined attitudes to nature, country life and 8andscape, and affected the ...

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Overview

'God made the country, man made the town.'
William Cowper's words, written two centuries ago, underline an idealisation of rural life and landscape which persists to this day.
What are the main historical processes and ideas underlying the continuing attachment to the countryside? How have these shaped popular values and lifestyles influenced artistic expression, defined attitudes to nature, country life and 8andscape, and affected the development of both rural and urban landscapes? What are the consequences for society and the environment? These are the central questions addressed in this book.
The Countryside Ideal draws together diverse images of landscape to explore this preoccupation with place, culture and representation in the West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415104357
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Making of an Ideal 5
2 The Armchair Countryside 37
3 A Place in the Country 77
4 The People's Playground 111
5 The Country in the City 141
6 The Countryside Movement 176
7 Reflections 206
Suggested further reading 212
Bibliography 216
Index 226
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