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Author Atkinson, Jennifer Wren, author

Title Gardenland : nature, fantasy, and everyday practice / Jennifer Wren Atkinson
Published Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2018]
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Contents 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
Summary "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 the twentieth-century rise of factory farming and environmental advocacy to contemporary debates about public space and social justice--even to the consideration of the future of humanity's place on earth. Gardenland examines literary fiction, horticultural publications, and environmental writing, including works by Charles Dudley Warner, Henry David Thoreau, Willa Cather, Jamaica Kincaid, John McPhee, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Ultimately, Gardenland asks what the past century and a half of garden writing might tell us about our current social and ecological moment, and it offers surprising insight into our changing views about the natural world, along with realms that may otherwise seem remote from the world of leeks and hollyhocks" -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Agriculture in literature.
Agriculture -- Social aspects.
American literature -- History and criticism.
Environmental literature -- United States -- History and criticism.
Environmentalism in literature.
Gardening in literature.
Gardens in literature.
Horticultural literature -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0820353183 (electronic bk.)
9780820353180 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Nature, fantasy, and everyday practice