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American georgics : economy and environment in early American literature

Author: Timothy Sweet
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In classical terms the georgic celebrates the working landscape, cultivated to become fruitful and prosperous, in contrast to the idealized or fanciful landscapes of the pastoral. Arguing that economic considerations must become central to any understanding of the human community's engagement with the natural environment, Timothy Sweet identifies a distinct literary mode he calls the American georgic. Offering a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Sweet
ISBN: 0812236378 9780812236378
OCLC Number: 47023635
Description: 222 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Economy and environment in sixteenth-century promotional literature --
"God sells us all things for our labour": John Smith's Generall Historie --
"Wonder-working providence" of the market --
"Admirable oeconomy": Robert Beverley's calculus of compensation --
Ideologies of farming: Crèvecoeur, Jefferson, Rush, and Brown --
Cherokee "improvements" and the removal debate --
"Co-workers with nature": Cooper, Thoreau, and Marsh.
Responsibility: Timothy Sweet.

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American Georgics takes as its primary problem the question of the human place in nature. By extending our understanding of what counts as environmental literature back before Thoreau, Sweet shows  Read more...

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