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A time to every purpose : the four seasons in American culture

Author: Michael G Kammen
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Michael Kammen traces the appeal of the four seasons motif in American popular culture and fine arts from the seventeenth century to the present. Its symbolism has evolved through the years, Kammen explains, serving as a metaphor for the human life cycle or religious faith, expressing nostalgia for rural life, and sometimes praising seasonal beauty in the diverse American landscape as the most
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Kammen, Michael G.
Time to every purpose.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)607061958
Online version:
Kammen, Michael G.
Time to every purpose.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)610006295
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael G Kammen
ISBN: 080782836X 9780807828366
OCLC Number: 52553978
Description: 336 pages, 48 pages of color plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Seasonal cycles and sequences --
From antiquity to the eighteenth century in Europe --
The American reception and adaptation of the four seasons motif --
Nostalgia, nationalism, and the American seasons, 1854-1914 --
American transitions : the seasonal sense of place, time, and imagery --
Nature writers, reader response, and the ambivalence of urban America --
The four seasons and American popular culture : calendars and consumerism --
The four seasons in contemporary American art and poetry --
Science and the seasons, retrospection, and reprise.
Responsibility: Michael Kammen.
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