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Visions of the Land: Science, Literature, and the American Environment from the Era of Exploration to the Age of Ec [NOOK Book]

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The work of John Charles Fremont, Richard Byrd, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John Wesley
Powell, Susan Cooper, Rachel Carson, and Loren Eiseley represents a widely divergent body of
writing. Yet despite their range of genres—including exploration narratives, technical
reports, natural histories, scientific ...

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Visions of the Land: Science, Literature, and the American Environment from the Era of Exploration to the Age of Ec

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Overview

The work of John Charles Fremont, Richard Byrd, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John Wesley
Powell, Susan Cooper, Rachel Carson, and Loren Eiseley represents a widely divergent body of
writing. Yet despite their range of genres—including exploration narratives, technical
reports, natural histories, scientific autobiographies, fictional utopias, nature writing, and
popular scientific literature—these seven authors produced strikingly connected
representations of nature and the practice of science in America from about 1840 to 1970. Michael A.
Bryson provides a thoughtful examination of the authors, their work, and the ways in which science
and nature unite them.

Visions of the Land explores how our environmental
attitudes have influenced and been shaped by various scientific perspectives from the time of
western expansion and geographic exploration in the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the
contemporary environmental movement in the twentieth century. Bryson offers a literary-critical
analysis of how writers of different backgrounds, scientific training, and geographic experiences
represented nature through various kinds of natural science, from natural history to cartography to
resource management to ecology and evolution, and in the process, explored the possibilities and
limits of science itself.

Visions of the Land examines the varied, sometimes
conflicting, but always fascinating ways in which we have defined the relations among science,
nature, language, and the human community. Ultimately, it is an extended meditation on the capacity
of using science to live well within nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813921723
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2002
  • Series: Under the Sign of Nature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 228
  • File size: 471 KB

Meet the Author

Michael A. Bryson is Associate Professor of Humanities at Evelyn T. Stone University College, Roosevelt University.

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