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American georgics : economy and environment in early American literature / Timothy Sweet.

By: Sweet, Timothy, 1960-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2002Description: 1 online resource (222 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780812203189 (electronic bk.); 0812203186 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): American literature -- History and criticism | Environmental literature -- History and criticism | Pastoral literature, American -- History and criticism | Didactic literature, American -- History and criticism | Economics and literature -- United States -- History | Agriculture in literature | Economics in literature | Nature in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: American georgics.DDC classification: 810.9/355 LOC classification: PS169.E25 | S94 2002Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-214) and index.

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Asserting that early American literature represents the natural world primarily as a "site of labor" rather than as a "site of leisure," Sweet (West Virginia Univ.) argues that scholars might profit from seeing literary representations of nature through a georgic prism. Beginning with 16th-century promotional literature and concluding with George Perkins Marsh's Man and Nature (1864), Sweet's chronological study explores how economic concerns shape writers' thinking about the environment. In a thoroughly researched analysis, he suggests that any understanding of the relationship with nature must attend to how Americans labor in and with the environment. Sweet examines the work of several major figures--John Smith and Robert Beverley, Crevecoeur and Jefferson, Cooper and Thoreau--and of less-known writers such as Elias Boudinot and David Brown. An important book for students and scholars of US literature, Sweet's study joins several other recent works that explore the connections between literature, agriculture, and the environment, e.g., this reviewer's Working the Garden (CH, Jun'02), Dorothee Kocks's Dream a Little (CH, Mar'01), Barney Nelson's The Wild and the Domestic (2000), and Stephanie Sarver's Uneven Land (CH, Jun'00). Upper-division undergraduates and above. W. Conlogue Marywood University

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Timothy Sweet is Professor of English at West Virginia University. He is the author also of Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union.

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