Visions of the Land

Visions of the Land

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qVisions of the Land looks at the period from 1840 to 1970 through the works of seven explorers, scientists, and writers, in order to examine the various ways our culture has viewed nature. In this ambitious work, Michael A. Bryson draws upon a wide array of references (narratives, technical reports, natural histories, scientific autobiographies, fictional utopias, and popular scientific literature), to better illustrate the constantly changing manner in which our culture has chosen to conceptualize nature. Dividing the book into three parts, qNarratives of Exploration and the Scientist-Hero, q qImagined Communities and the Scientific Management of Nature, q and qNature's Identity and the Critique of Science, q Bryson discusses the works of John C. Fremont, Richard Byrd, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John Wesley Powell, Susan Cooper, Rachel Carson, and Loren Eiseleyq--H-Net.In her 1989 essay a€œThe Disoriented Male Narrator and Societal Conversion, a€ Marsha A. Smith discusses the function of the male narrators in ... writings: see, for example, Polly Wynn Allen, Building Domestic Liberty (1988, 173), and Ann Janea#39;s introduction to Herland (xviia€“xviii). See also Gilmana#39;s short essay a€œA Suggestion on the Negro Problema€ (1908), reprinted in Ceplaira#39;s Charlotte Perkins Gilman (176a€“82). 6. ... Several scholars have discussed Gilmana#39;s views on social Darwinism.

Title:Visions of the Land
Author:Michael A. Bryson
Publisher:University of Virginia Press - 2002


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