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Author Ziser, Michael, 1973-
Title Environmental practice and early American literature / Michael Ziser, University of California, Davis
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  810.936 Z691 2013    DUE 06-26-24  -  30500101499492
Descript x, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 166
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 166
Note "This original and provocative study tells the story of American literary history from the perspective of its environmental context. Weaving together close readings of early American texts with ecological histories of tobacco, potatoes, apples, and honey bees, Michael Ziser presents a method for literary criticism that explodes the conceptual distinction between the civilized and natural world. Beginning with the English exploration of Virginia in the sixteenth century, Ziser argues that the settlement of the "New World" - and the cultivation and exploitation of its bounty - dramatically altered how writers used language to describe the phenomena they encountered on the frontier. Examining the work of Harriot, Grainger, Cooper, Thoreau and others, Ziser reveals how these authors, whether consciously or not, transcribed the vibrant ecology of North America, and the ways that the environment helped codify a uniquely American literary aesthetic of lasting importance"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-220) and index
Sovereign remedies -- Staple-colony circumspection -- The pomology of Eden -- Beeing in the world -- Walled in and farmed out : pastoral isolation and Georgic collectivities
Link Environmental practice and early American literature (NL-LeOCL)363210520
Subject American literature -- History and criticism
Nature in literature
Ecology in literature
Agriculture in literature
Agent (Philosophy) in literature
Natural history -- United States -- Historiography
Nature (Aesthetics)
Ecocriticism -- United States
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