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Gardenland : nature, fantasy, and everyday practice

Author: Jennifer Wren Atkinson
Publisher: Athens, Georgia : The University of Georgia Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Garden writing is not just a place to find advice about roses and rutabagas; it also contains hidden histories of desire, hope, and frustration and tells a story about how Americans have invested grand fantasies in the common soil of everyday life. Gardenland chronicles the development of this genre across key moments in American literature and history, from nineteenth-century industrialization and urbanization to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Wren Atkinson
ISBN: 9780820353197 0820353191
OCLC Number: 1005861287
Description: xii, 255 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. "Gardens of the mind" : planting the seeds of an American fantasy genre --
American garden writing and the reinvention of work as play --
Lost at home : mapping the industrial-era garden and farm --
Resensualizing the garden : from surface to substance in midcentury food writing --
Against the grain : reinventing the garden in contemporary utopia --
Just gardens : uprooting and recovery in the postcolonial garden --
Epilogue. Garden writing and the phenomenology of dirt.
Other Titles: Nature, fantasy, and everyday practice
Responsibility: Jennifer Wren Atkinson.

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Jennifer Wren Atkinson looks at the unique role that gardening plays in American culture and history by exploring garden literature over the past 150 years. She delves into a diverse range of works: Read more...

 
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