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Across the great border fault : the naturalist myth in America

Author: Kevin T Dann
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2000.
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"In recent years scholars have begun to question the cultural values underlying how we view nature. Kevin Dann contributes to this debate by juxtaposing two radically different "Arcadian" experiments in the early twentieth century by Manhattanites seeking cultural renewal through contact with the natural world. Dann first looks at the initiatives of the American Museum of Natural History from 1910 to 1940 at  Read more...
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Dann, Kevin T., 1956-
Across the great border fault.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2000
(DLC) 99053245
(OCoLC)42690130
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin T Dann
ISBN: 0585284822 9780585284828
OCLC Number: 45731905
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 294 pages) : maps
Contents: Introduction : Back to (which) nature? --
Arcadia and metropolis --
On nature's trail : nature study at Harriman Park --
Science and the sensible --
Caught between nature and history --
Not an earthly service --
Spiritual science and the redemption of the senses --
Reenchanting nature : anthroposophical nature study --
Conclusion : The unity of knowledge.
Responsibility: Kevin Dann.

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"In recent years scholars have begun to question the cultural values underlying how we view nature. Kevin Dann contributes to this debate by juxtaposing two radically different "Arcadian" experiments in the early twentieth century by Manhattanites seeking cultural renewal through contact with the natural world. Dann first looks at the initiatives of the American Museum of Natural History from 1910 to 1940 at Harriman State Park. He argues that these were expressions of the early, "back-to-nature" movement whose underlying biological materialism, or "Naturalism," was integral to American popular culture of the time." "These activities are contrasted with social experiments at nearby Threefold Farm in Ramapo, New York, where anthroposophists - followers of Rudolf Steiner's "spiritual science"--Developed a program of natural scientific research and education in opposition to Darwinism and its social applications as well as reductionist scientific methods. By challenging scientific "fact" with spiritual scientific descriptions, the Threefold Farm initiative offered Americans a new gospel of nature."--Jacket.

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